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As Ebola Case Numbers Grow In Sierra Leone, Government, Experts Call For More International Assistance

News outlets report on the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Associated Press: Ebola death toll up, Sierra Leone needs more beds
“Sierra Leone will soon see a dramatic increase in desperately needed Ebola treatment beds, but it’s still not clear who will staff them, according to the top United Nations official in the fight against the disease…” (DiLorenzo, 11/29).

New York Times: Sierra Leone to Eclipse Liberia in Ebola Cases
“Sierra Leone will soon displace Liberia as the worst-hit of the West African countries ravaged by Ebola, the World Health Organization said Wednesday…” (Gladstone, 11/26).

The Guardian: Boost Ebola aid to Sierra Leone, Justine Greening told
“Justine Greening, the international development secretary, has been warned by senior medical professionals that Sierra Leone risks ‘a public health disaster’ worse than Ebola unless U.K. efforts to contain the virus are significantly stepped up. In an open letter signed by 53 doctors, charity representatives and a former British diplomat, Greening is told the government needs to quickly review operations in Sierra Leone to avert further crisis…” (O’Carroll, 11/27).

Reuters: Sierra Leone seeks U.S. military help to fight Ebola
“Sierra Leone appealed to the United States on Wednesday to send military aid to help it battle Ebola as it falls behind its West African neighbors Guinea and Liberia in the fight against the virus…” (Farge, 11/26).

Reuters: Canada to deploy military health staff to Sierra Leone in Ebola fight
“Canada will send up to 40 military staff to Sierra Leone to help battle Ebola, the government said on Thursday as it also launched a campaign to recruit health care workers to help operate treatment centers in three West African countries…” (Ljunggren, 11/27).

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