Rapper Cam'ron is selling an Ebola mask with his face printed on it

By Amelia Butterly
Newsbeat reporter

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It's the biggest recorded epidemic of the disease and has caused thousands of deaths across West Africa.

Ebola has been declared an "international public health emergency" by the United Nations health agency.

People across the world are fearful of the spread of the virus and measures, including the restriction of air travel, have been put in place to tackle the disease.

And the rapper Cam'ron has stepped in to offer his help.

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For $19.99 (£12.40), you can buy your own Cam'ron Ebola Mask, which the musician claims can "protect" you from catching the disease.

In an Instagram post, he wrote: "Ebola is no joking matter. So if u have to be safe. Be fashionable. #CamEbolaMask."

According to the site selling the masks, they are due to be shipped to customers in November.

"Provides complete protection while remaining light and comfortable," said the product description.

"Polypropylene outer facing offers a soft, fluid protection barrier while the cellulose inner facing assures comfort and breathability."

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Ebola is not an airborne virus - instead it is transmitted when people have direct contact through broken skin, or the mouth or nose, with the bodily fluids of an infected person.

These can include semen, urine, faeces, blood and vomit.

Masks can help stop the spread of infection, advises the World Health Organisation, but gloves and other protective equipment is also recommended.

Other advice includes covering your eyes as well as your hands and mouth, and using condoms if having sex with a person recovering from Ebola.

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