Australian Ebola help is on the way

A TEAM of 17 Australian health workers have begun leaving Australia to be trained and prepare to help at an Ebola treatment centre in West Africa.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Friday the workers would leave in "the following days" to work at the centre in Sierra Leone.The treatment centre was partly funded by $20 million from the Australian Government.

Ms Bishop said the team had already completed preliminary training and was experienced in disease control, but would get extra training with the World Health Organisation in Sierra Leone before starting work.

The team will help treat Ebola victims in the country's capital, Freetown, once the treatment centre is operational.

The centre is still being built.Other Australian travellers to the region are being told to reconsider their travel plans due to the "ongoing and widespread transmission or Ebola".

Topics:  ebola virus health

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