Australia commits $1m to West Africa to halt Ebola outbreak

WEST Africa will receive an extra $1 million from the Australian Government to prevent further spread of the Ebola disease.

The World Health Organisation, which will receive the money, has declared the Ebola virus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Australia's contribution is expected to help WHO provide immediate support to affected West African countries, including providing urgently needed medical supplies and equipment.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Health Minister Peter Dutton said, in a statement, that this money was on top of the $20 million Australia would give to the WHO in 2014 and 2015.

"While Ebola is a very serious disease, there have been no cases of Ebola in Australia and the risk of an outbreak in Australia remains low," it read.

"Australia's current border protection and infection control measures are consistent with WHO's recommendations for countries not affected by the outbreak." - APN Newsdesk