It is now very clear to most observers that the Ebola situation in the North and West of Sierra Leone has been worsening in recent weeks. On Thursday March 12th 2015 has come news that an American citizen is now being urgently flown out of the country having caught Ebola as part of rising cases here.
This news of an American being infected comes just within 24 hours of the news on Wednesday that a British citizen had also been infected with Ebola whilst working to help Sierra Leone. Several British citizens are now under close observation for Ebola.
Furthermore, the report that a lone case has been reported in Nieni Chiefdom, Koinadugu district, after several weeks of supposed no new incidents in that chiefdom, has brought forth a suspicion that NERC has not been effective in terms of surveillance for the Ebola virus in previously affected areas.
“One single lone case suddenly appearing in faraway Nieni chiefdom might mean Ebola has all this time been continuing to kill people in that part of the country but the deaths were being hidden and not reported. Otherwise, from where will Ebola just suddenly emerge from?” said an epidemiologist working with an NGO but who declined to be identified.
NERC has not ever explained how these lone cases come about in areas previously seen as Ebola-free.
Meanwhile, in a Statement issued last night of 12th March 2015, the United States Government through its National Institutes of Health (NIH) said: “NIH expects to admit to its hospital tomorrow an American healthcare worker who has tested positive for Ebola virus disease. The individual was volunteering services in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone and will be transported back to the United States in isolation via a chartered aircraft. The individual will be admitted and treated at the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit, a high-level containment facility.” The identity of the patient was not given.
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