The borders between Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone aren’t well managed, and the disease has not been contained.

Health officials are so concerned that they have asked international news agencies to spread the word in order to find aid.

Aid organisation Doctors Without Borders have confirmed that this is the largest outbreak on record, with the highest number of deaths – although it cannot be determined yet how many have died due to cross-contamination and lack of proper administration.

Speaking to Sky News, Philip Azumah, the Foya district health officer, said: “We need help now, or the virus will spread and kill more people.”

He also said that African culture dictates that after a person dies, the family sit with the body, wash it, kiss it and eat meals with it – and this could have led to the virus spreading.

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