Voice of America (Washington, DC)

26 August 2014

Sierra Leone: WHO Shuts Ebola Lab in Sierra Leone

As Ebola in West Africa continues to infect and kill thousands of people, misinformation has many confused about the crisis. News2share sat down with ... ( Resource: Ebola: Sierra Leone's New War

The World Health Organization has shut one of its Ebola testing labs in Sierra Leone after a staff member there was infected by the virus.

The WHO said Tuesday it has withdrawn its staff from the lab in Kailahun - one of only two in Sierra Leone - after a Senegalese epidemiologist was infected with the deadly virus. The move could adversely affect efforts to contain the worst ever outbreak of the disease.

Ebola has killed more than 1,400 people and sickened more than 2,600 in West Africa since the outbreak began in March.

Among the worst affected countries are Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, where the government has sealed off an entire slum in the capital Monrovia.

In Liberia, where the highest number of deaths has been reported, some government officials are fleeing the country or just not reporting for work. The situation drove President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday to order all ministers to return to work.

Liberian officials said several ministers who defied the order had been fired.

Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offered a cautionary assessment of the outbreak while meeting with officials in Liberia.

Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 Voice of America. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.