Keeping death from our doors
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.