The number of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases in Sierra Leone has hit a new level as the West African country surpassed Liberia with the most cases from any one country. As of 6 December, 7,798 Ebola cases, including 1,742 deaths, have been reported in Sierra Leone, according to a Relief Web report Monday.
This passes Liberia’s 7,719 Ebola cases.
In Sierra Leone, all districts have reported at least one probable or confirmed case since the start of the outbreak and EVD transmission remains intense and widespread. On 8 December, doctors at Freetown’s main hospital went on strike in protest over inadequate equipment to fight the Ebola epidemic.
The outbreak is large to the point that 200,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) sets are needed every month in Sierra Leone.
In Liberia, reported incidence seems to have stabilized over the past five weeks, after declining from mid-September until mid-October.
In the country where the outbreak began, Guinea, 2,283 Ebola cases, including 1,412 deaths, have been reported in Guinea as of 6 December.