Ebola in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone had more cases of Ebola than any other country, totaling 14,124. The first cases of Ebola were reported in Sierra Leone in mid-March 2014. It spread quickly. After a well-known traditional healer died of Ebola there was an ‘explosive outbreak was clearly underway in Kenema,’’ (WHO, 2014). More than 300 Ebola cases linked back to one funeral.
The number of cases in Sierra Leone increased from 50 in March to 400 the first week in October. According to a WHO report ‘The government hospital in Kenema could no longer cope. Several nurses working there were quickly infected. Twelve of these nurses died.’ Cases continued to be reported at approximately 600 per week. In December of 2014, there were a reported 400 cases per week. The first week in January 2015 was the first week in three months that the number dropped. The weekly reports of Ebola cases were below 400. And two hundred cases a week were reported until the first week of March in 2015.
The attached Tool “Infection Control for Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers in the African Health Care Setting” Developed by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. Along with the Prevention and the Department of Health & Human Services.
Until his death, Dr Sheik Umar Kahn was an instrumental contributor and one of Sierra Leone’s top VHF researchers, specifically around Lassa fever.