Ebola nightmare: ‘five infected every hour’ in Sierra Leone – ‘terrifying new rate’ of acceleration

October 2014SIERRA LEONE A leading charity has warned that a rate of five new Ebola cases an hour in Sierra Leone means healthcare demands are far outstripping supply. Save the Children said there were 765 new cases of Ebola reported in the West African state last week, while there are only 327 beds in the country.  Experts and politicians are set to meet in London to debate a global response to the crisis. It is the world’s worst outbreak of the virus, killing 3,338 people so far. There have been 7,178 confirmed cases, with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea suffering the most. The number of people infected and dying from the disease is being vastly underreported. Save the Children says Ebola is spreading across Sierra Leone at a “terrifying rate,” with the number of new cases being recorded doubling every few weeks. It said that even as health authorities got on top of the outbreak in one area, it spread to another. The scale of the disease is also “massively unreported” according to the charity, because “untold numbers of children are dying anonymously at home or in the streets.” Earlier this month, Britain said it would build facilities for 700 new beds in Sierra Leone but the first of these will not be ready for weeks, and the rest may take months.
But Save the Children said that unless the international community radically stepped up its response, people would continue to die at home and risk infecting their family and the local community. “We are facing the frightening prospect of an epidemic which is spreading like wildfire across Sierra Leone, with the number of new cases doubling every three weeks,” said Rob MacGillivray, the charity’s country director in Sierra Leone. Safety trials for two experimental vaccines are under way in the UK and US, the WHO said on Wednesday, and will be expanded to 10 sites in Africa, Europe and North America in the coming weeks. It said it expected to begin small-scale use of the experimental vaccines in West Africa early next year. The Ebola Donors Conference in London on Thursday is being hosted by the UK and Sierra Leone governments. Its main agenda is to discuss what the global community can do to provide an effective international response to the epidemic. It will be chaired by UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who said he hoped it would “raise even greater awareness of the disease and what is needed to contain it, encourage ambitious pledges and show our solidarity with Sierra Leone and the region.”
However, the BBC’s Mark Doyle says Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma is unlikely to be able to attend. According to reports from the country’s capital Freetown, the British plane sent to Freetown to collect him has developed a technical fault. –BBC
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16 Responses to Ebola nightmare: ‘five infected every hour’ in Sierra Leone – ‘terrifying new rate’ of acceleration

  1. Shelley says:

    Alvin, thank you for posting the Hawaii News Now, you beat me to it. Hoping for the best here…. Thank you for keeping us up to date with Ebola, all the best…. Shelley


  2. Scarlett says:

    What is making this outbreak so virulent, as compared to previous ones?


  3. Bone Idle says:

    The only way to now contain the spread in Sierra Leone is by the U.S. invoking a massive military invasion, declaring Marshall law and controlling the population at gunpoint.
    i.e. this is not going to happen.
    Political correctness will ensure that the coming epidemic spreads to guilt trip gullible western countries. It will be too late when commonsense overwhelms those political idiots who hold out screaming “Human Rights” are tossed aside.
    The U.N. is irrelevant. A bunch of burnt out hack politicians who are greasing their pension plans.
    It’s time that the countries which pull the economic and military muscle stand up, brush the U.N. aside and call the shots.

    The gestation period of Ebola is around twenty one days. What we are seeing now is the result of three weeks ago inaction. Beware the news in another three weeks.

    Take note of Alvin’s articles month by month and look at the startling differences. CDC premonitions of 1.4 million cases by January looks like becoming reality. What will be the tally in April?

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    • Bone Idle says:

      One extra thing
      The economy’s of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are on the verge of collapse.
      This may start the onset of another pandemic – an economic one.

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  4. Yellow Bird says:

    alvin, this is off-topic but i thought you would want to see it….

    WWF: World has lost more than half its wildlife in 40 years
    By Ivana Kottasova, CNN
    updated 4:12 PM EDT, Tue September 30, 2014
    “…The index… shows a 52% decline in wildlife between 1970 and 2010, far more than earlier estimates of 30%… The decline in animals living in rivers, lakes and wetlands is the worst — 76% of freshwater wildlife disappeared in just 40 years. Marine species and animals living on land suffered 39% decline in their populations.
    Animals living in tropics are the worst hit by what WWF calls “the biggest recorded threats to our planet’s wildlife” as 63% of wildlife living in tropics has vanished. Central and South America shows the most dramatic regional decline, with a fall of 83%…”

    (sorry if ive overlooked it, but is there a way to send new topic links directly rather than posting under non-related items?)


  5. Daniel says:

    One could look at H.G.Wells for a final solution. Mobile crematoria and safety equipped diagnostic/execution teams with a Padre to do last rites before painless execution and cremations.
    Cadavers will be eaten by dogs and rats and spread it you have to get the infected meat off the streets very quickly. That is an emergency measure that will stop the spreading of infections, unless we can send in a team of robots to handle care of people who given care might survive which isn’t happening. People are being complacent as usual they need panic lessons.


  6. Alexandra says:

    Hello Alvin,
    I have noticed that some of my comments are not being posted. Just to know what info you don’t want to publish, could you let me know what is not making it through?


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