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CDC warns of Ebola 'catastrophe' in Sierra Leone

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 01:16

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ''immediate and urgent action'' must be taken to avoid an Ebola 'catastrophe' in Sierra Leone. Gavino Garay reports.

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Health officials take the temperature of passengers as disembark a ferry in Freetown, Sierra Leone. It's the country's latest attempt to try to identify those who may have contracted the deadly Ebola virus. More than 400 people have died in Sierra Leone from Ebola. The Director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Tom Frieden, says the country needs to act fast before it's too late. SOUNDBITE (English) DIRECTOR OF UNITED STATES CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION , TOM FRIEDEN, SAYING: (QUALITY AS INCOMING) "In Sierra Leone there is time to avoid a catastrophe but only if immediate and urgent action is taken at every level. That's the bottom line of what I have got to say." Sierra Leone's health minister has been sacked for the mishandling of the epidemic. But that's not enough, residents here say. Locals are demanding the government get it's emergency phone number up and running first. (SOUNDBITE) (Krio) STUDENT, JOHN YAMBASU, SAYING: "They should try to pay more attention on the emergency hotline so that any time there is a call they should send their health personnel to know the cause of the death, but it is a disgrace to the Ministry of Health." More than 1,500 people have died since the Ebola epidemic began in West Africa in March, which has now spread to five countries.

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CDC warns of Ebola 'catastrophe' in Sierra Leone

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 01:16