Doctors struggle to contain Ebola outbreak

Friday, May 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

WHO expert says virus is spreading and not under control as more deaths are reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

AlJazeera.com
29 May 2014

The ebola outbreak currently spreading through West African countries is “serious” and not under control, an expert with the World Health Organisation has said.

On Wednesday in Geneva, Pierre Formenty, a doctor with the international health body who had just returned from a trip to Guinea, said the virus, which has already claimed 186 lives in Guinea since March, and has since spread to Sierre Leone and Liberia, was not on the decline.

“The situation is serious, you can’t say it is under control as cases are continuing and it is spreading geographically,” Formenty said

“There was no decline. In fact it is because we are not able to capture all the outbreak that we were under the impression there was a decline,” he said.

On Wednesday, Sierra Leone confirmed a second death from the Ebola virus, as the WHO warned of possible further contagion as others sick with the haemorrhagic fever had been moved out of isolation and back to their village.

“One of the seven Ebola patients, a woman admitted at the Isolation Centre in the Government Hospital in Kenema, died on Tuesday,” Brima Kargbo, the chief medical officer at the hospital, told the AFP news agency.

The six other patients affected were “undergoing treatment”, added Kargbo.

The announcement of the death comes two days after Sierra Leone confirmed its first fatality from Ebola.

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