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A new mobile app that keeps oil and gas workers travelling to West Africa up to date on Ebola outbreaks was launched Monday.

The free app was developed by UK-based risk firm International SOS and will be maintained and reviewed 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

“This technology can help reduce the likelihood of panic by providing individuals with accurate, up-to-minute advice and information from a trusted source – and all in the palm of their hands,” International SOS regional medical director Dr. Beau Dees said.

The app provides information about outbreaks, guidance on how Ebola is transmitted, preventative advice and guidelines on how a person who suspects they have been exposed to the virus should respond.

Maps of affected areas, push notifications and offline viewing of key information are also available.

The app is part of a wider International SOS initiative aimed to support the global fight against Ebola.

It is available for free download on iOS and Android devices.