Kolkata sex workers on special advisory to keep Ebola away

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Kolkata, Aug 18: Sex workers in Sonagachi, Kolkata's largest red light area, have been asked to be careful about choosing their customers from Africa, who are regular visitors to the place.

In the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a red alert has been issued in India and other nations regarding the disease. A member of the DMSC said,"We have requested the sex workers not to entertain people from African nations as it can be a life risk for them if they get infected by the highly contagious Ebola virus which is causing havoc in some West African countries."

Samarjit Jana of Durbar is presently engaged in training and providing lessons to sex workers to identify the signs of the Ebola disease. He further said,"According to WHO guidelines, transmission of the virus requires close contact with body fluids such as sweat, saliva and the cough of an infected person, and also body contact. So we are training the sex workers on how to identify the symptoms."

In fact, the sex workers will be trained on sexually transmitted diseases. They are being trained to identify the Ebola symptoms in their customers and avoid any contact. Jana said,"This is for the sex workers to decide. We can request them for their own safety and we have told them to be careful."

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