Health teams scour Sierra Leone capital in Ebola drive

Dec 18, 2014

Health teams scour Sierra Leone capital in Ebola drive

Health workers in Sierra Leone began combing the streets of Freetown for Ebola patients on Wednesday, moving house-to-house as the government launched a major operation to contain infections in West Africa’s worst-hit country. President Ernest Bai Koroma said on national television that, as part ...

Dec 16, 2014

Ebola toll rises to more than 6,800: WHO

More than 6,800 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Monday. The U.N. health agency reported that as of Saturday, there had been 18,464 cases of infection from the deadly virus ...

Ebola fighters face new problem: bad data

Dec 14, 2014

Ebola fighters face new problem: bad data

As health officials struggle to contain the world’s biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data. Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control ...

Dec 12, 2014

Sierra Leone president makes Ebola plea to tribal chiefs

Sierra Leone’s president implored the country’s traditional leaders on Thursday to stop cultural practices that have been blamed for spreading Ebola, like burials that involve touching corpses. Officials have said up to 70 percent of new infections in Sierra Leone are linked to unsafe ...

Dec 12, 2014

Sierra Leone locks down new Ebola hotspot in the east

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 ...

Dec 10, 2014

Aid worker scoffs at Band Aid Ebola song

The lyrics of the Band Aid 30 single to raise money for anti-Ebola charities are embarrassing and ignorant, a British nurse who survived the disease said on Tuesday. William Pooley traveled back to Sierra Leone to treat sufferers in an isolation unit, after surviving ...