Sierra Leone locks down new Ebola hotspot in the east

Friday, December 12, 2014
By Paul Martin
December 12, 2014

Authorities in Sierra Leone have imposed a two-week lockdown in the eastern district of Kono after health workers uncovered a surge of Ebola infections in the area where the epidemic was thought to be largely under control.

The worst outbreak of Ebola on record has killed 6,533 people in the three West African countries most hit by the disease — Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — and infected 18,118 people, the World Health Organization said on Thursday

Sierra Leone, with a shortage of treatment centers and trained staff, has overtaken Liberia as the worst affected nation, and until now, the recent spread was believed to be centered on western areas around the capital Freetown.

However, the WHO said on Wednesday that it had found bodies piled up at the only hospital in Kono, a district of about 350,000 people bordering Guinea.

Officials from the WHO, health ministry and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered 87 bodies had been buried in 11 days.

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