Japan to provide $1.5 million in aid to Ebola-hit West Africa

Japan on Friday announced its decision to provide $1.5 million in emergency grant aid to West African nations such as Sierra Leone and Liberia hit by the deadly Ebola virus through three international organizations.

The announcement, made by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga at a press conference, came amid the continued spread of the virus four months after Japan extended an emergency grant aid worth about $520,000 to Guinea.

The $1.5 million aid through the World Health Organization, the U.N. Children's Fund and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will be used for purposes such as the prevention of infection and the provision of medical supplies.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak stood at 1,069 as of Monday from 1,975 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of infection, according to the WHO's data.

The latest Ebola outbreak was first confirmed in Guinea in March. The virus infection causes hemorrhagic fever and has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.

==Kyodo