Cristiano Ronaldo appears on the poster with advice to help prevent the spread of Ebola Reuters

Football stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Gareth Bale are helping to tackle the spread of Ebola by offering advice such as practising safe sex, avoiding body contact and wearing proper protection.

Some of the world's most recognisable footballers have lent their names to a joint Fifa and World Bank initiative to help stop the spread of the killer virus.

So far there have been 5,160 deaths related to Ebola, with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have seen the highest number of cases.

Last week it was announced the Africa Cup of Nations would be hosted in Equatorial Guinea after Morocco pulled out as host for next year.

Fifa Ebola Advice
Some of the world'd top footballers have offered advice on how to prevent the spread of Ebola Fifa

The 11 against Ebola messages

  1. Report unusual illnesses: please report any unusual illnesses or deaths in your community.
  2. Know the symptoms: do you have a fever with a loss of appetite, headache, fatigue, pain, vomiting, bleeding or diarrhoea? Know the symptoms of Ebola.
  3. Seek immediate medical help: please seek urgent medical help if you have a fever with additional symptoms.
  4. Avoid body contact: avoid direct, skin and body contact with anyone suffering from Ebola.
  5. Wash your hands and disinfect: wash your hands regularly and disinfect anything touched by suspected or confirmed Ebola sufferers.
  6. Wear proper protection: wear gloves and proper protective clothing if you are caring for an Ebola sufferer, and get the right instruction for the use of protective clothing.
  7. Cook meat properly: cook all meat and animal products thoroughly before consumption.
  8. Always practise safe sex: use protection if you are having sex with anyone recovering from Ebola.
  9. Avoid contact with wild animals and bats: wild animals and bats can carry the Ebola virus. Avoid them.
  10. Do not touch the dead: avoid direct contact with dead Ebola victims or anyone who has died from a strange disease.
  11. Seek help for safe burials: please seek help from local authorities to bury any victims of Ebola or strange diseases.