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CRISIS IN SIERRA LEONE: Ebola patients quarantined as 57 new deaths reported

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/1/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

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In light of the worsening Ebola crisis, the West African nation of Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency. Troops have been called in to quarantine Ebola victims. Sierra Leone has also joined neighboring Liberia in imposing controls. The death toll in West Africa has topped at 729.

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma announced a series of emergency measures. The edicts will last 60 to 90 months.

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma announced a series of emergency measures. The edicts will last 60 to 90 months.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
8/1/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Sierra Leone, Ebola, crisis, Americans with Ebola, Liberia


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The World Health Organization said it would launch a $100 million response plan during a meeting with the affected nations in Guinea. There are talks with donors and international agencies to send more medical staff and resources to the region.

The organization reported 57 new deaths in the four days to July 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, raising the death toll to 729, the number of Ebola cases had topped 1,300.

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"The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat it poses, requires WHO and Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to take the response to a new level, and this will require increased resources," WHO Director General Margaret Chan said.

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma announced a series of emergency measures. The edicts will last 60 to 90 months.

"Sierra Leone is in a great fight. Failure is not an option," he said.

As part of the measures, security forces will enforce a quarantine on all centers of the disease. Troops will also assist health officers and aid workers to work undisturbed, following attacks on health workers by local people.

Neighboring nation of Liberia has also put in place measures including the closure of all schools. There will also be the possible quarantine of affected communities.

Ebola has no known cure. The current outbreak began in the forests of eastern Guinea in February. Sierra Leone now has the highest number of cases.

Koroma said he would discuss ways to combat the epidemic with the leaders of Liberia and Guinea at Friday's meeting. The jump in the number of cases and the death toll has raised international concern and placed poor health facilities in the region under strain.

The U.S. is providing material and technical support to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. , said the senior U.S. diplomat for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

In the meantime, the condition of a U.S. physician and a missionary who contracted Ebola while helping fight the outbreak in Liberia has worsened. They will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said.

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