Red Cross representative briefs Brazilian bishops on Ebola

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Brasília, Brazil (Thursday, 10.23.2014, Gaudium Press) The first session of the meeting of the Permanent Council of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), held on Wednesday, October 22, discussed the recent cases of the Ebola virus occurred in various parts of the world.

The representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), José Antonio Delgado, described the technical and social aspects surrounding the virus disease.

Delgado initially explained about the origin of the virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. He mentioned that there are already 4500 deaths on record and about 9200 other confirmed and suspected cases. Commenting on this alarming amount of deaths caused by the virus and its impact on the lives of a growing part of the population, he reinforced the need for a “humanitarian response”, since in the infected countries also suffer from situations of conflicts undermining a more effective response.

“The health centers that can handle the ebola virus are very few. Health professionals require specialized equipment and training. Some professionals get contaminated by the disease themselves, while others refuse to work for fear of contamination” Delgado said.

The bishops had the opportunity to ask questions to the staff of the ICRC, regarding the possible means of transmission of the virus, the scientific description and the possibility of a vaccine against the disease.

After the meeting, Bishop Leonardo Steiner, auxiliary bishop of Brasilia and Secretary-General of the CNBB, thanked the representatives of the Red Cross: “We really appreciate this useful briefing. I think we can take this information to our communities, especially on how to prevent the disease of being transmitted. “(LMI)

With information CNBB

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