Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leona, 26 June 2014
An Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, which started in Guinea in early 2014, has now spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of 23 June, the total cumulative number of cases reported in the three countries was 635 out of which 399 died, a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 62.8%. (WHO, 25/06/2014). Ebola patients have been identified in more than 60 separate locations across the three countries, complicating efforts to treat patients and curb the outbreak (MSF, 25/06/2014).
Sierra Leone has only been affected by the outbreak in the past month, and as of 24 June the total number of cases was of 163, with 46 confirmed deaths according to the Ministry of Health (MoHS SL 24/06/2014).
The epidemic hotspot in Sierra Leone is Kailahun district, and the Government of Sierra Leone declared a State of Emergency in this district on 12 June. Sierra Leone closed its borders with Guinea and Liberia on 11 June.