Ebola accelerates in Sierra Leone with 900% higher transmission rate

Thursday, November 6, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
NaturalNews.com
Thursday, November 06, 2014

Things have been relatively quiet on the Ebola front here in the U.S. this past week, with 11 days and counting (as of this writing) since the last confirmed case of the disease was announced. But the situation is hardly as rosy in Sierra Leone, where an Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) report says Ebola is now spreading at a 900 percent faster rate than two months ago.

In early September, the official number was 1.3 new cases of Ebola per day in Sierra Leone, one of the three “ground zero” countries that has been most ravaged by the virus. Now, that number has escalated to 12 new cases per day in the rural areas surrounding Freetown, the country’s capital, representing a more than nine-fold increase.

The data was compiled by Sierra Leone’s health ministry and relayed to AGI analysts, who used it to come up with three-day averages for how quickly the disease is spreading. This same data showed that, in the city of Freetown, Ebola is spreading at a rate about six times higher than it was two months ago, suggesting that the crisis is far from over.

“The government of Sierra Leone is making real strides in tackling transmission by speeding up access to treatment and safe and dignified burial,” stated AGI chief executive Nick Thompson. “But we can’t rest until Ebola has nowhere to hide. And we can see from growth in new cases in some rural parts of Sierra Leone that we still have no time to lose if we’re going to get on top of this.”

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