Drinking water has been identified as one of the most effective measures against the lethal infection, according to a report in the Independent newspaper.
Drinking about four litres or more a day, precisely, with added salts.
Oral re-hydration is standard supportive treatment in cholera outbreaks and diarrhoeal disease across the globe, keeping the patient alive while their body fights the infection. But continuing medical disagreements over whether giving fluids intravenously, as practised in some Ebola treatment centres in West Africa, is preferable are delaying wide-scale implementation of the plan.
The new approach is gaining currency as experts recognise that the epidemic is spreading beyond the reach of current efforts to control it. The United National Ebola Emergency Response Mission has admitted it will miss its target of containing the virus by 1 December. Almost 16,000 people have been infected in the three worst-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – and over 5,600 have died as the disease has spread panic, closing schools and hospitals.