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Russian sanitation and human health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor and a delegation from Sierra Leone during bilateral talks, agreed to cooperate in tackling Ebola virus, according to a statement published on official Rospotrebnadzor website.

MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russian sanitation and human health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor and a delegation from Sierra Leone during bilateral talks, agreed to cooperate in tackling Ebola virus, according to a statement published on official Rospotrebnadzor website.

"Both sides agreed to establish working contacts between Rospotrebnadzor and the Sierra Leone Health Ministry shortly in order to estimate Sierra Leone's requirements in terms of technical and personnel assistance to prevent the crisis caused by the virus spread," the statement reads.

During consultations, the delegations also agreed on future cooperation in the public healthcare field and in tackling infectious diseases.

The worst Ebola outbreak in history started in February in Guinea and quickly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Nigeria.

As of September 12, United Nations reported more than 2,400 deaths and 4,784 suspected cases from the Ebola virus.

The virus is transmitted through direct contact with the blood, body fluids or tissue of infected animals or people. Symptoms of the disease include the sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, kidney and liver problems, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.

According to the WHO, the current outbreak's fatality rate now stands at 52 percent.

There is no officially approved medication for the Ebola virus, and experts claim prevention is the only cure. Several countries, including Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan are currently working on vaccines.

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Ebola virus disease (EVD), Guinea, Sierra Leone
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