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To contain Ebola, train caregivers first

With the risk of catching the disease high - the diagnosis of Ebola, its treatment and care should be left only to teams of well-trained providers.

A nurse in personal protective equipment with a patient at a Red Cross Society treatment centre in Sierra Leone two weeks ago. As at mid- November, 584 health- care workers had come down with Ebola in Africa; of that number, 329 have already lost their lives.

EBOLA has spread terror because of its potential to kill - and even more so as the caregivers and physicians on whom patients depend are frequently felled by the malady. To deal with Ebola and other highly contagious diseases that are bound to emerge, a global plan is needed to prepare...