Aid Group: Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown won’t halt spread of virus

Ebola victim
Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia, on Friday.
September 2014AFRICA – “It has been our experience that lockdowns and quarantines do not help control Ebola as they end up driving people underground and jeopardizing the trust between people and health providers,” the group said. According to the World Health Organization, since beginning in Guinea in March, West Africa’s recent Ebola outbreak has taken more than 2,100 lives. In the six months of its rapid spread, the disease has also taken a foothold in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The WHO forecasts up to 20,000 cases of the deadly virus before its spread can be stopped. Sierra Leone’s government intends to impose a three day curfew across the country beginning on September 19.
During the lockdown, citizens will be prohibited from traveling outside the immediate vicinity of their homes. The hope is to help stop the spread of infection and give health workers time to locate infected people, Reuters reports. But Doctors Without Borders (also called Médecins Sans Frontières) said the move won’t help combat what’s become the worst-ever Ebola outbreak, and may in fact be detrimental to combating the virus. “It has been our experience that lockdowns and quarantines do not help control Ebola as they end up driving people underground and jeopardizing the trust between people and health providers,” the group said. According to the World Health Organization, since beginning in Guinea in March, West Africa’s recent Ebola outbreak has taken more than 2,100 lives. In the six months of its rapid spread, the disease has also taken a foothold in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The WHO forecasts up to 20,000 cases of the deadly virus before its spread can be stopped. –Time
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8 Responses to Aid Group: Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown won’t halt spread of virus

  1. Frankie says:

    Gosh the poor children to see through their eyes, how does such a young soul process what they see and are treated by these cloaked strangers.

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  2. Whilst Médecins Sans Frontières said the move won’t help combat the Ebola outbreak, at least it stops the infected wandering over borders or mixing with others. I always thought that a communicable disease was best stopped by isolation of the infected not free passage to wherever they want.

    According to the WHO, the incubation period of Ebola (to symptom level) is 2 to 21 days so the proposed 3 days lock down does seem pretty useless. It simply isn’t long enough.

    Yet the alternative of not imposing restrictions (be force if necessary) could be a mass uncontrolled exodus of infected (not yet showing symptoms) into neighboring lands.

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    • DJ says:

      Exactly! Isolation is key and futile if less than the full incubation period. I read the headline and expected they’d go on to explain the 3 day lock down isn’t long enough. Reports have been saying people hide the sick and while lockdown may not stop it from happening, it would stop those caretakers from spreading it beyond their home. No one would need to tell me to stay at home if Ebola was that close (before it was that close) and for as long as needed.
      ..

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      • The problem which is vexing me is how long for and what then?
        You remaining in isolation won’t be the end of it.
        When you come out, who will it be safe to interact with and who won’t?
        After all it’s not like they’ll be wearing a badge saying “I’m a carrier, hug me”.

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  3. Mike says:

    Dear Alvin,
    I am not sure with this disease. Is it expected to stop at about 100,000 casualties, or what is the significance of that number.

    Is it expected to be on the same scale as the black plague? What is the expected outcome of it?

    I am not too bright so the information is a little confusing.

    I would appreciate your opinion on this subject, because it is quite scary.

    I visit your sight several times a week, and find it very informative.

    Thanks heaps.

    Mike

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    • Ebola is a very deadly virus. The nature of this outbreak, and how far it will spread is still indeterminate. What we can assess from the scant reports coming is that the virus will be extremely difficult, if not almost impossible, to contain at this juncture. There are a large number of cases not being reported…which makes the outbreak seem less serious than it really is. This is deeply troubling, because the available evidence suggests the outbreak is actually much, much worse than people realize. Ebola is the deadliest transmissible virus on the planet. There is no vaccine or effective treatment for the virus…and I think those facts along, makes this epidemic outbreak a potential extinction level threat – if not for the globe; for a huge region of Africa, if we don’t get the outbreak under control. Unfortunately, the Ebola virus is out now, it’s in the ecology, it will continue to incubate, and it may have even found new reservoir hosts – so I don’t think the causality count will necessarily stop at 100,000 – it could go much higher, and outbreaks could become chronic and intermittent well into the foreseeable future.

      Don’t know if you saw the latest program I did on Ebola- but here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pysvQW_sWd0

      Mike, thanks for writing in
      Alvin

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    • niebo says:

      Mike . . . to hear you say “I am not too bright”, to me, is not at all accurate, because you are aware and concerned. Brother, YOU are precious in the sight of God because HE has endowed you with awareness, and you KNOW that something is WRONG. You WILL find TRUTH here, and PRAISE God for it.

      “Michael (“who is like God?”) is one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible.”

      http://www.behindthename.com/name/michael

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  4. Dennis E. says:

    You would like to help these people. But can you do? I

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