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Ebola continues to spread in west Africa

11th June 2014

Weeks after the outbreak in Guinea, where 200 people have died, the spreading has continued into the east of Sierra Leone, a country that borders with Guinea.

west AfricaThere have been 12 deaths, double the number of last week.

About the disease

Ebola, a haemorrhagic fever, is one of the world's deadliest viruses and can kill up to 90% of those infected. It is passed through contact with fluids of infected people or animals; the sooner treatment is received, the better the chances of survival.

There is currently no vaccine but if patients who have diarrhoea or vomiting are rehydrated it can help recovery.

The symptoms can take three weeks to surface, these include:

  • High fever
  • Bleeding
  • Damage to the central nervous system

The virus is thought to originate from fruit bats, who are the natural host of the virus

What's next?

The World Health Organisation and Medecins Frontieres say this new outbreak could be due to resistance of certain communities to accept aid, with some people preferring traditional healers instead.

Local authorities are struggling to control the movement of people. They had originally hoped the outbreak had been contained but there have been new cases in areas previously clear of outbreak. 


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