Keep­ing death from our doors

Finweek English Edition - - INSIDE - BY CHRIS BATE­MAN

Ports of en­try where the deadly Ebola virus is most likely to breach the bor­ders of the as-yet un­af­fected South­ern African Devel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) coun­tries are on red alert as Africa’s worst-ever, long­est-run­ning Ebola virus dis­ease out­break en­ters its sixth month. Of­fi­cials at all SADC en­try points have been in­structed to be on “high vig­i­lance” for any­one with fever­ish symp­toms or ar­riv­ing from the Ebola-af­fected coun­tries while South African Port Health Of­fi­cials (land, sea and air) are get­ting twice-weekly news up­dates and risk-as­sess­ment ad­vi­sory memos.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion ( WHO), by 15 Au­gust, the Ebola death toll stood at 1 145 of the 2 127 peo­ple in­fected, with hun­dreds more cer­tain to die be­cause of the cur­rent 54% fa­tal­ity rate of one the world’s most-feared dis­eases. The sever­ity of the con­ti­nent’s epi­demic is il­lus­trated by one star­tling fact: the case tally so far ex­ceeds the num­ber of Ebola cases ever

Health work­ers at the Ken­ema Gov­ern­ment Hos­pi­tal, 300 km from the cap­i­tal city of Freetown in Ken­ema, Sierra Leone.

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