Sep 23, 2014 1:36 PM
Sierra Leone: 130 Ebola cases found in lockdown
The Associated Press
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) Sierra Leone says 130 confirmed cases of Ebola were found during a three-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the disease. Officials are awaiting tests on about 70 more suspected cases.
Deputy Minister for Political and Public Affairs Karamoh Kabba told a press briefing Tuesday that 92 bodies were also recovered during the shutdown.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is believed to have sickened more than 5,800 people and killed more than 2,800, primarily in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The unprecedented size and sweep of the outbreak has led to dramatic measures, like the shutdown in Sierra Leone.
The outbreak has overwhelmed already weak health systems in the West African countries and there are concerns about whether Sierra Leone will be able to handle the new cases discovered during the lockdown.