GBARNGA, Liberia, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Deep in a Liberian
bush, two U.S. nurses are taking a break after spending two
hours wearing protective suits in stifling temperatures to care
for patients suffering from Ebola, the viral killer that has
ravaged three West African countries.
Well behind them in the treatment unit’s “red zone” two
young boys, Solomon and Joe, who is wearing SpongeBob
SquarePants pajama pants, stand at a neon orange fence waving.
Solomon is on day 13 of his treatment and Joe is on day 8.
MONROVIA, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Liberia is beginning to see
results from international help to fight Ebola as the number of
safe burials increases and laboratory testing times drop from
five days to five hours in a remote area, freeing up treatment
beds, U.S. envoy Samantha Power said on Tuesday.
Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a
member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, arrived in Liberia
on Tuesday after visiting Guinea and Sierra Leone to assess what
more the world can do to help Ebola-stricken West Africa.
MONROVIA/FREETOWN (Reuters) – Australia became the first developed country on Tuesday to shut its borders to citizens of the countries worst-hit by the West African Ebola outbreak, a move those states said stigmatized healthy people and would make it harder to fight the disease.
Australia’s ban on visas for citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea followed decisions by the U.S. military to quarantine soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission and some U.S. states to isolate aid workers. The United Nations said such measures could discourage vital relief work, making it harder to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
FREETOWN, Oct 28 (Reuters) – In a stifling room in a sports
stadium in Freetown, a dozen young people watch intently as
three British soldiers show them how to put on several layers of
protective clothing needed to enter an Ebola treatment centre
They are training to be hygienists to help treat victims of
the hemorrhagic fever that has gripped Sierra Leone, as well as
neighbouring Liberia and Guinea. The outbreak has killed some
5,000 people and threatens to infect tens of thousands more in
the coming weeks.
FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown has tripled the number of safe burials of Ebola victims in the past week and the challenge now is to expand that coordination across the country, U.S. envoy Samantha Power, said on Monday during a visit to West Africa.
Nearly 5,000 people have died in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia during the worst outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever on record with many people contracting the disease from touching the highly infectious dead bodies of Ebola victims. Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person and is not airborne.