Cape Town - A new, free mobile phone application called Ebola Prevention has been launched by researches and academics in collaboration with the technology company IBM, in a bid to help monitor and halt the spread of the deadly virus.
Aid workers travelling into the affected areas are now able to locate people in urgent need to their exact location in stead of going into affected countries ad hoc.
The app, which can be downloaded on any smartphone for free, allows users to send free messages regarding Ebola in their specific areas. The app is able to map the exact location from where the message is sent, and can then map the virus and its spread, accordingly.
IMB told Yahoo News that the app has already helped emergency workers operate in areas affected by Ebola, as officials can now know exactly where supplies, like soap and electricity, and help with Ebola victims and their families are needed urgently.
According to the app on 29 October, Liberia is hardest-hit by Ebola with 943 confirmed cases, 1 874 probable cases, 1 259 suspected cases and a total of 1 072 confirmed deaths by the virus. Sierra Leone is the second-most affected region according to the app, whilst Guinea places third.
The Ebola Prevention app also contains up-to-date and factual information about the severity of the virus in various countries, and lists academically-approved articles and information about the spread, origin and symptoms of Ebola.
You can also choose to donate R5 by following a link on the app.
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