Andrew Green. Ebola emergency meeting establishes new control centre. The Lancet, Volume 384, Issue 9938, Page 118, 12 July 2014 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61147-8
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"The continuing spread of the Ebola virus during this outbreak is in great extent associated with some cultural practices and traditional beliefs, which are contrary to recommended public health preventive measures", says Luis Sambo, WHO's regional director for Africa. WHO specifically highlights the practice of ritual washing at traditional funerals, which can bring people into close contact with the bodies of Ebola victims.
'Better awareness about the disease could also help allay the climate of fear and suspicion the epidemic has created and allow aid workers to do their jobs, said Armand Sprecher, a specialist in haemorrhagic fevers working with Medecins Sans Frontieres. Among some communities, he said, there is a perception that health workers are coming to harvest blood or steal organs, "which makes it difficult to gain their trust and to trace contacts".'
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