Sierra Leone declares emergency over Ebola

Freetown - Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicentres of the deadly virus, President Ernest Bai Koroma said in a statement.

The measures resembled a tough anti-Ebola package announced by neighbouring Liberia on Wednesday evening. Koroma also announced he was cancelling a visit to Washington for a US-Africa summit next week because of the crisis.

Highly infectious Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in the West Africa nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation.

Lauren Adams 2014-07-31 12:13:04 PM
If all the countries could do this the disease could be curbed much faster and efficiently. At this stage each country (African or not) stands a chance of having it in its borders.
Bri 2014-07-31 12:17:45 PM
And it starts....
Anina Naude 2014-07-31 12:43:42 PM
Close all borders.... Stops flights in and out of the affected countries....
Matthew Daniel 2014-07-31 12:49:10 PM
I played enough of Plague Inc to understand the danger of an outburst of a virus like this... scary stuff!!
Ek Jou Gese 2014-07-31 12:53:00 PM
If animals get sick they kill them, (horses, ostrich, chickens and pigs) now is the time to do the same, don't see any difference. This is a danger to the whole world, same with aids.
Ek Jou Gese 2014-07-31 12:53:03 PM
If animals get sick they kill them, (horses, ostrich, chickens and pigs) now is the time to do the same, don't see any difference. This is a danger to the whole world, same with aids.
Daisy Jones 2014-07-31 12:59:18 PM
I have nothing but the utmost respect for people who are health workers and volunteers in that region. The honest truth about myself is that I'd have left the region upon hearing of the first infection, I'd not have waited to hear of the first death. Respect to you all who have helped in that region. God bless.
Sunette Smit 2014-07-31 01:05:40 PM
I saw an old movie once and the only way they got rid of Ebola was to bomb the entire area. Drastic measures are required.
Carling Blacklabel 2014-07-31 01:08:43 PM
here we go!
Patricia Kruger 2014-07-31 04:27:49 PM
Daisy, I completely agree with you! May God protect them all! They are the true heros in this event!