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Ebola epidemic slows down in Sierra Leone

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A health worker is disinfected in an Ebola treatment center in Hastings, Sierra Leone on November 11, 2014.

The Ebola epidemic is likely to have passed its culmination point in Sierra Leone and may start to slow down in the near future.

“We believe that … the transmission of new cases will start reducing,” Sierra Leone’s Information Minister Alpha Kanu told reporters on Wednesday.

“I don’t think we can get any higher than we are now — we are at the plateau of the curve and very soon we will have a downward trend,” he added.

The World Health organization (WHO) announced in its latest Ebola update on Wednesday that the case incidence may still be on the rise in Sierra Leone.

The Ebola epidemic has so far claimed the lives of 5,689 people all around the world, while more than 15,935 people have been infected, said the WHO report.

However, the WHO predicts that the number of Ebola victims is likely to be much higher than the official statistics considering the 70-percent mortality rate.

The virus has been most devastating in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses. There is currently no known cure for Ebola.

The media hype over Ebola comes at a time when thousands of people in Africa and other parts of the world die every day from hunger and preventable diseases.


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