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Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone

The emergence of Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa threatens regional and global public health security

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  • Photo story: Sierra Leone students back to healthier schools with WHO support Tuesday was a happy day in SierraLeone as children returned to school after many months away due to the Ebola outbreak. Read how the Government of Sierra Leone, WHO and partners made that possible
  • Cuban Ebola responders depart Sierra Leone The last batch of Ebola responders from the Cuban Medical Brigade will depart Sierra Leone on 1 April 2015, following a farewell ceremony with local dignitaries on Monday, 30 March in Freetown. The first contingent of 98 Cuban health workers departed Sierra Leone on Sunday 22 March after nearly 6 months supporting the Ebola outbreak response in the country.
  • Nigerian mobile lab in Sierra Leone: bringing skills learned in one outbreak to another A Nigerian mobile lab has been operating in Sierra Leone as part of the international effort to help test Ebola samples in the current outbreak. The lab saves critical hours by testing the samples rapidly and reducing the need to transport samples over long distances. The lab plans to return to Nigeria to work on Lassa fever when the Ebola outbreak is over.
  • Tracking Ebola in the fishing community of Aberdeen in Freetown, Sierra Leone 11 March 2015 - In February 2015, cases of Ebola began appearing among the community of fishermen living in the coastal area of Aberdeen in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over 20 cases occurred at the same time, suggesting they had been infected by one source, possibly an unsafe burial. WHO and partners immediately sent teams into the district to work with the community to identify all Ebola cases and those who had been in contact with them, to prevent further infections.
  • WHO Regional Director for Africa concludes first leg of visits to Ebola affected countries 24 February 2015, Freetown - Today, the World Health Organization's Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, wraps up her visit to Sierra Leone, her first to an Ebola affected country.The 3-day visit, which started on Saturday 21st February 2015, was aimed at gaining a better understanding of the ongoing situation, what progress has been made so far and which areas WHO could further support the country to get to zero Ebola cases.