Ebola Outbreak Was Curtailed By Efficient Burial Teams


One study on Thursday has revealed that the 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa was drastically controlled by effective burial procedures.

Red Cross volunteers prevented a significant number of Ebola cases during the 2013-2016 epidemic in west Africa by using safe burial techniques, according to a study released Thursday.

The outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people and sickened nearly 29,000 mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could have been much worse, according to the study published in the PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases medical journal.

Using statistical modelling, the study indicated that the efforts of Red Cross volunteers to properly bury the highly contagious bodies potentially averted as many as 10,452 Ebola cases, decreasing the scale of the outbreak by more than a third.

The study however highlighted that during the outbreak, funerals were super spreading events for the virus as tradition was centered on kissing and touching the dead.

Caring for more than half of dead, the casualties would have tripled had it not been for effective burial techniques.