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Sierra Leone Changes Strategy to Fight Ebola Outbreak

FILE - Health care workers from Medecins Sans Frontieres prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola, hemorrhagic fever operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea.
FILE - Health care workers from Medecins Sans Frontieres prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola, hemorrhagic fever operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea.
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Health officials in Sierra Leone have revised their strategy for dealing with an Ebola outbreak that has left two people dead and sickened at least six others.
 
In a VOA interview, Dr. Amara Janbai, the health ministry disease prevention director, said the government has shifted its response because the virus has become an epidemic in the country.
 
"We have moved our activities from preparedness to response. So, as of now, we have changed gears. We have started to bring in experts. We have started to bring in support from partners who have had this experience,” Janbai said.
 
Medical officials in Sierra Leone said the country's confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in a district near the Guinean border.
 
Outbreak began in Guinea

The Ebola outbreak began in southwestern Guinea in February. Since then, the disease has killed more than 185 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization.
 
The Ebola virus is transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.  Symptoms include fever, vomiting and bleeding through bodily openings.
 
Elsewhere Thursday, Guinea's capital, Conakry, has recorded its first new Ebola cases in more than a month, while other previously unaffected areas have also reported infections in the past week, WHO reported.
 
The spread of the two-month-old outbreak, which Guinean authorities earlier said had been contained, risks further complicating the fight against the virus in a region already struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders.
 
Seven confirmed cases and nine suspect cases of Ebola are being dealt with in Sierra Leone.

“For Ebola in Sierra Leone for the last few days we have a total reported of seven confirmed cases and nine suspect cases. All of them are reported in the Koindu district, which is in the Kailahun prefecture, which is bordering Guinea, notably bordering Gueckedou, the first site of Ebola in Guinea,'' said Dr Pierre Formenty from the WHO's Department for the Control Of Epidemic Diseases.

Liberia meanwhile has seen 12 reported cases of Ebola - six of them laboratory confirmed - including nine deaths, but no new cases have emerged since April 9, Reuters reported.

However, Fromenty pointed to the fluid borders between Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and said: "We're on high alert in Liberia."

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.

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by: verong from: usa
May 31, 2014 10:31 PM
When handling food it could have contaminated droppings on it if this does come from bats. So wear. Waterproof clothing while preparing food to eat also wash with soap and disinfectant then after counting your fingers and thumbs 4 times each rinse and start the food prep and to serve you should cook all foods even veggies and fruits to 180°f and must be at 180°f or above for 15 sec before serving


by: verong from: usa
May 31, 2014 7:33 PM
When it comes to cleaning up animal poop you should spray bleach on it then scoop it up with shovel. Do not touch poop with bare hands use full uniform of waterproof gloovees gown pants and boots same with animal carcasses once the poop is collected it should be mixed with bleach before disposal to kill any virus. As for animal carcass it should be burn or cooked to 180ºinternal temperture


by: verong from: usa
May 31, 2014 6:26 PM
When this food born illnessgets into you live stock, you have to wear full body waterproof garments while killing them or touching them until youhave cooked to 180ºf internal temperture. The same is true of hiv/aids when it was slowly spreading to hunters and food prepares back then life expectacy was so lownoby noticed hiv/aids or ebola.now both are showing in population centers not just the occassional casualty


by: verong from: usa
May 31, 2014 4:31 PM
This new outbreak may not even be related to feb mar outbreak which like hiv/aids means more future casualties. Now look atsome emerging illnesses; hanta in sw usa, hiv/aids, mers, sars, swine flue, avian, west nile, etc:;


by: verong from: usa
May 30, 2014 8:40 PM
Thebest thing is social distancing "from movie contagion" this means not touching unless you have on glooves or condoms. Gloovees should be worn to bath children or the infirm along with a waterproof gown which should be taped toglooves with heavy duty duct tape. You should also do washing one item at a time using bleach water best wear white close for a while. Just remember the 4for4 rule "arc class on subject of food handeling" below 40º to cause microorganism to goto sleep and above 140ºf to kill it, so dip clothes in 180ºf water then you can wash it. Remember viruses are parasites they need something you have to reproduce


by: veronica from: ghana
May 30, 2014 6:37 AM
pls this diseases is very dangerous those concern should find ways and prevent d spread of dis diseases

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