SOUTH AFRICA SENDS SECOND TEAM OF SCIENTISTS TO SIERRA LEONE TO HELP IN FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 7 — The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) of South Africa has sent a second team of scientists to Sierra Leone to assist in the diagnosis and management of Ebola in that West African country.

The first team was sent to Sierra Leone — one of three West African countries most affected by the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease — six weeks ago.

NICD scientist Jacqueline Weyer has expressed concern about an increase in the number of Ebola cases. “The situation is quite worrying. In Sierra Leone, we are standing at 2,500 cases with about 600 deaths. In Liberia the situation is quite dire looking at almost 4,000 cases and doubling of cases every 20 days,” she adds.

“So certainly it’s still an exponential rise in the number of cases in Liberia and to a certain extent also in Sierra Leone. So it’s a very concerning and certainly still not under control.”

The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people and infected nearly 7,500 in the current outbreak centred on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

SOURCE: SABC

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