Shadow has written the anthem for the Ebola plague spreading across western Africa
Shadow has written the anthem for the Ebola plague spreading across western Africa YouTube

As the death toll from Ebola rises ever higher and the incurable disease is found in an airline passenger, a dance tune called 'Ebola in Town' is supplying the soundtrack to the fast-spreading deadly new plague.

Created by an artist in Liberia called Shadow, Ebola in town has taken over the airwaves amid mounting panic at the seemingly unstoppable spread of Ebola.

Against a frenetic back rhythm, the lyrics are basically a public health warning about not kissing a person who has Ebola and the perils of eating bush meat.

Experts reckon Ebola is transmitted to humans via the consumption of animals like monkeys and baboons in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia.

Shadow raps: "Don't touch your friend! No kissing! No eating something. It's dangerous!"

The lyrics advises: "If you like the monkey don't eat the meat, If you like the baboon, I said don't eat the meat, If you like the bat-o, don't eat the meat."

Talking about the success of his song, Shadow told Vice magazine: "This song is everywhere, in every town, every village, every county, every home. Radio is playing it, it's in homes. Everything is taking it, so it's like the biggest song in the country.'

Liberia has so far witnessed 129 deaths from Ebola in the latest outbreak, according to the World Health Organisation. On Monday, one of the country's top doctors died from the disease after treating victims himself.

Two other medical experts have also contracted Ebola from close contact with victims, in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The disease has just arrived in Nigeria via an airline passenger whose flight landed in Lagos, triggering fears Ebola could be poised to spread to another country or result into a global outbreak.

The killer virus causes victims to bleed to death from their eyes and all orifices. A carrier can have the virus for three weeks without knowing it and pass it on in that time. There is no cure.

The first cases of the latest outbreak were confirmed in March.

Hear Ebola in Town below. CAUTION: Video contains vivid images of the effects of Ebola.