America has stopped paying attention, but Ebola is still ravaging Sierra Leone

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
By Paul Martin

by Julia Belluz
December 2, 2014

After the midterm elections, and the calming of the Ebola nurse debacle, our collective attention turned away from an epidemic that continues to burn in West Africa.

Just because politicians here stopped fighting over travel bans and quarantines doesn’t mean the Ebola virus has gone back into hiding among its animal hosts. There may be no new cases in the US. But the war against Ebola continues to rage in West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone. Here’s what you need to know about the Ebola epidemic today.

1) Ebola is absolutely out of control in Sierra Leone

Sadly, Sierra Leone has struggled the most to get Ebola under control. According to the New York Times, “The number of new cases in Sierra Leone was above 600 in each of the three weeks leading up to Nov. 25, the most in any three-week period so far.” In the capital, Freetown, the number of cases quintupled in the last two months.

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