Sierra Leone announces red alert for Ebola
After nearly 700 deaths due to Ebola, Sierra Leone has announced a public health emergency. The fever is ravaging West Africa and even after taking strict measures and precautions, Ebola took the lives of several hundred people in the country.
Those who have contracted the virus are quarantined at their houses and health care workers are visiting the homes of the sick to also check on the other members of the family for possible contraction.
Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma announced the public health emergency on Wednesday while Liberia is also making more efforts to identify patients to prevent the virus from spreading.
Liberia has temporarily shut down schools and public servants are asked to stay home so that they don’t contract the virus. New Guinea was the first to report the case in March this year and the virus gradually spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. This is one of the largest recorded outbreaks in the history of world and also affected three capital cities of Africa which have international airports. An American who contracted the disease flew to Nigeria from Liberia while having the symptoms and died there a few days after it.
However, all the travelers were not tracked. The US Peace Corps evacuated several hundreds of its volunteers from the affected countries and two volunteers contracted it after treating a person who died of it in a few days.
The fever is ravaging and is not slowing down. Notably, the doctor who fought the virus fiercely in Sierra Leone contracted the disease and died of it and was buried today. The government said that his death is an irrepariable loss to the country as he was a specialist in treating patients with hemorrhagic fevers in a nation with few medical resources. While there is no vaccine to prevent the contraction of the virus, there are also no treatments found until now. However, there is a slim chance of survival if diagnosed early.