Déjà vu: Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown

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March 2015 SIERRA LEONE Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd fighting over food supplies in Sierra Leone on Saturday, while other residents defied a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic. Sierra Leone has reported nearly 12,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths since the worst Ebola epidemic in history was detected in neighboring Guinea a year ago. New cases have fallen sharply since a peak of more than 500 a week in December but the government says the lockdown, its second, is necessary to identify the last cases and to buck a worrying trend towards complacency. Officials have ordered the six million residents to stay indoors on pain of arrest as hundreds of health officials go door-to-door looking for hidden patients and educating residents about the hemorrhagic fever.
Residents in and around Freetown, one of the last Ebola hotspots, were told to stock up on food and water but on the second day of the campaign some said they had already run out. Officials are distributing supplies only in very poor areas. In the Devil Hole neighborhood hundreds of people left their homes to gather at a food collection point. Some residents complained they had not received food and fighting broke out until police arrived to scatter the crowd, making several arrests. “People are desperate for food because of how the distribution is going,” said resident Adam Dumbuya. “This has led to panic.”
Elsewhere in the dense slums of eastern and central Freetown, residents defied the lockdown rules and wandered out onto the streets in search of supplies. “We have exhausted this morning all we could manage to stock up,” said 51-year-old Ibrahim Kanu, a father of six, as he struggled to get rice in the crowd at East Brook Street in Freetown. Soldiers put a cordon in place there to contain the swelling crowd where people stood packed together, despite the risks of Ebola transmission via bodily fluids such as blood and sweat. At Kissy Road in the east of Freetown, mostly women and children wandered into the twisting streets with buckets and yellow jerry cans to replenish water supplies. One man wandered out to bathe in a sewer, a Reuters reporter said.
Some charities have criticized lockdowns as heavy-handed and counter-productive, pointing to riots in neighboring Liberia’s capital last August in which a teenaged boy was killed. Sierra Leone’s authorities have made exemptions for locals to attend church services on Palm Sunday. Other officials said the campaign was making progress. “Households visited have been responsive to the messages and the distribution of soap has been well received,” said Red Cross emergency health coordinator John Fleming. –Yahoo News
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One Response to Déjà vu: Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown

  1. Yellow Bird says:

    am reposting this link from a comment someone posted in the Dream Portal… its potentially very relevant & i think more will see it here…

    “A controversial scientist who carried out provocative research on making influenza viruses more infectious has completed his most dangerous experiment to date by deliberately creating a pandemic strain of flu that can evade the human immune system.
    Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has genetically manipulated the 2009 strain of pandemic flu in order for it to “escape” the control of the immune system’s neutralising antibodies, effectively making the human population defenceless against its reemergence.
    Most of the world today has developed some level of immunity to the 2009 pandemic flu virus, which means that it can now be treated as less dangerous “seasonal flu”. However, The Independent understands that Professor Kawaoka intentionally set out to see if it was possible to convert it to a pre-pandemic state in order to analyse the genetic changes involved.
    The study is not published, however some scientists who are aware of it are horrified that Dr Kawaoka was allowed to deliberately remove the only defence against a strain of flu virus that has already demonstrated its ability to create a deadly pandemic that killed as many as 500,000 people in the first year of its emergence…”

    i googled to fact check (its true) and found this update from November:
    “Yoshihiro Kawaoka’s controversial flu research at UW-Madison on hold again”
    Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/health_med_fit/yoshihiro-kawaoka-s-controversial-flu-research-at-uw-madison-on/article_5af732af-f4e4-5966-843b-91da7d9e4456.html#ixzz3VpWWZXCT

    “UW-Madison scientist Yoshihiro Kawaoka has once again halted controversial flu research, this time in response to a White House request that researchers stop such work during a federal review of the risks and benefits…
    Kawaoka resumed the H5N1 work this May, after approval by federal and university officials.
    But the Obama administration said Oct. 17 it would postpone federal funding for similar new studies and asked researchers to pause ongoing studies while the government develops a new policy.
    The announcement covers “gain-of-function,” or GOF, studies — experiments that enhance the ability of a pathogen to cause disease — involving influenza, SARS and MERS viruses.
    Kawaoka said he complied with the request. …
    It’s not clear how much of his research is affected. Roughly 50 percent of his work involves gain-of-function in some way, said Rebecca Moritz, a campus biosafety manager…”
    nothing about any part of this bodes well for humankind.


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