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Sierra Leone News : Sharp Rise in Ebola for the Western Area
By Augustine Samba
Feb 16, 2015, 12:14
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The Quarantine Data Manager for Western Area, Mr. Evans Baines-Johnson confirmed last evening, 15th February 2015 told the Awareness Times that Western Area, the capital city has taken an upward trend, producing a high proportional number of new Ebola cases. Western Area alone has recorded a total of 62 new Ebola cases of out the 87new Ebola cases recorded nationwide from the 8th-15th February. 

 

In an exclusive interview last evening at the British Council Command Center in Freetown, Mr. Baines-Johnson informed this newspaper that several new Ebola cases unrelated to hotspot and quarantined homes are currently recorded in the Western Area just in a week time.

 

“Towards the end of January and 1st Week in February2015, all our Ebola cases were coming from quarantined homes but from Sunday 8th February today, Sunday 15th 2015, new cases are coming from unexpected places ,” he stated.He informed that from February 8th to 11th 2015 Aberdeen has recorded the highest Ebola cases in Freetown but in subsequent days preceding to the 15th February other communities are producing new cases from non quarantined homes.


“Murray Town, Wellington, Calaba Town, Portee, Kissi, Moe Wharf, Tombo, Banana Water, Mabella, Congo Wharf, Belly Street amongst other are producing new Ebola cases respectively “he disclosed adding that these news may not be unrelated to free movement of people.

 

He said all the places or communities where cases are now coming from were not Ebola spots in the first week of February.  


According to Mr. Baines-Johnson since 8th to 15th February 2015 over 400 hundred households have been quarantined and about 1552 contacts recorded for Aberdeen alone. He disclosed that over 2,000 households are quarantined in the Western Area, majority of which are very new.


“Even today, Sunday 15th February 100 households were discharged from quarantine but about 135 admitted under quarantined” he disclosed.         

 

He furthered that the current situation is a course for concern but they are strategizing to clean-up new hotspot especially in clustered communities.He assured that they will pay more attentions to communities that are densely populated including the Aberdeen fishing wharf and cultural home adding that if they there is any laxity the disease will spill over and spread rapidly in the city.


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