High Ebola Surveillance in Sierra Leone until February

“On Tuesday, we carried out Examination Number 1000 at the Ebola diagnosis lab that EMERGENCY has been running since August at the pediatric and maternal/infants’ hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone,” writes Luca, our coordinator in that country.

On November 8th, the WHO declared that the epidemic in the country was over, but that doesn’t mean we can lower our defenses: the WHO itself recommended a period of “high surveillance” to ensure that any suspected cases are noted straight away and thereby avoid any new spreading of the virus.

The work of our laboratory will continue throughout this period, until the end of February, thanks also to the support of the Italian Cooperation.

Our lab is located in one of the most crowded hospitals of the capital and, given its target of children and women about to give birth, it is strategically important.

We’re now waiting for February, hoping with all our heart we’ll be able to write that Sierra Leone won’t need EMERGENCY any more, at least in its battle against Ebola.

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