Sierra Leone’s Ebola Clinics Overflow As Efforts Ramp Up To Stop Disease; WHO Says Total Deaths Nearing 7K

Reuters: Ebola centers overflow as Sierra Leone steps up fight
“Ebola centers in Sierra Leone overflowed on Wednesday as health workers combed the streets of the capital Freetown for patients, after the government launched a major operation to contain the epidemic in West Africa’s worst-hit country…” (Farge et al., 12/17).

Nature: Inside the cultural struggle to stamp out Ebola
“…As difficult as it is, public health officials say, changing behavior is the key to stopping the Ebola outbreak that has ravaged West Africa for a year. … But that is difficult when officials are asking people to restrict their lives so drastically for reasons that can be hard to understand…” (Hayden, 12/17).

Reuters: Ebola toll nears 7,000; rate of spread slows in Sierra Leone: WHO
“The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 6,915 out of 18,603 cases as of Dec. 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. There are signs that the increase in incidence in Sierra Leone has slowed…” (Nebehay, 12/17).