Sierra Leone

Pandemics “are optional”, says World Bank expert

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has shown how difficult it is to prevent an infectious disease from spreading into other countries.

This is even more so when it starts in a poor country with weak public health infrastructure.

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“Intensify surveillance” to beat Ebola says new health chief

The surveillance of outbreaks of the Ebola disease in West Africa needs to be intensified if the deadly virus is to finally be beaten, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new re

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Rise of poverty in worst-hit Ebola countries “worrying”

An increase in levels of poverty in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone because of the Ebola virus outbreak is “worrying”, a World Bank Group official has warned.

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Goal of zero Ebola cases in West Africa “achievable”

The goal of reaching zero new cases of the deadly Ebola disease in West Africa is achievable according to the UN Special Envoy, David Nabarro.

Over 21,000 people have caught the disease and almost 8,500 have died in the worst affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Ebola infections decrease, but new hot spots identified

The number of cases of the deadly Ebola disease is declining in affected countries in West Africa but new outbreaks are being reported in areas with little or no transmission.

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Sierra Leone focuses on safe disposal of Ebola waste

A new environmentally-friendly sterilizing machine is helping Sierra Leone to safely dispose of contaminated equipment and infectious waste generated in treating Ebola patients.

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UN actively “hunting the Ebola virus” in affected areas

Efforts are now being focused on “hunting the Ebola virus”, the UN Secretary-General announced on Monday.

Mr Ban Ki-moon has just returned from the West African region where he visited Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali.

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Ebola summit relives dramatic impact of outbreak

Without basic public health infrastructures and systems in place, no country can be stable according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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High number of Ebola infections reported by spouses in Liberia

Women in Liberia are contracting Ebola after having sex with men who have survived the disease, according to a doctor employed by the World Health Organization.

Around 5700 people have died from the virus, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Progress in fighting Ebola in Guinea reviewed by senior UN official

The progress made by the authorities in Guinea in fighting the deadly Ebola virus is being reviewed by a senior UN official.

Almost 5700 people have died as a result of the outbreak in West Africa, which has mainly affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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