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Sierra Leone is now the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, which is shifting away from its source in neighboring Guinea, Doctors Without Borders said.
The group is scaling up its response in Sierra Leone, where 22 international and 250 local staff are working, the medical organization said on itswebsite. The situation is worsening in Liberia, where confirmed cases have been reported in seven counties, it said. In Guinea, the group closed a center in Telimele, where 75 percent of patients have recovered, and new cases are falling in Conakry and Gueckedou.
It’s too soon to say the outbreak is under control anywhere, saidGregory Hartl, a spokesman for the World Health Organization in Geneva. The decline in cases in Gueckedou, Guinea, may reflect that infected people are hiding rather than coming forward to be treated, Doctors Without Borders said.
“This whole outbreak in general is of concern,” Hartl said by phone today. “From our point of view this is one huge event, and the event as a whole has to be brought under control.”
Tuesday August 05, 2014