Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak death toll now 5

2014-06-03 16:27
Ebola Virus.

Ebola Virus. (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Freetown - Foreign mining company personnel have left the country while others are undergoing body temperature screening at work sites, company officials said Tuesday as the death toll from an Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone rose to at least five victims.

The new cases come after the deadly virus that causes severe bleeding was blamed for about 200 deaths in neighboring Guinea and Liberia. The Ebola disease has had a 70 percent fatality rate during the first crisis of its kind in West Africa.

Deputy Information Minister Theo Nicol said the government was doing all it could to contain the "scourge" of Ebola. None of the 15 confirmed cases in Sierra Leone has been in the capital of Freetown.

London Mining Company spokesperson Osman Lahai said Tuesday that eight of their non-essential staff had left Sierra Leone over the weekend as a result of the deadly viral outbreak.

London Mining has advised all its non-essential staff who are on holiday abroad not to return to Sierra Leone, he said.

No cases have been reported near the company's Marampa iron ore mine, and production has not been affected by the health scare. However, Lahai said the company also has introduced mandatory body temperature screening at their sites, and those with a high fever would be referred to hospital for further examination.

A spokesperson for a second mining company, African Minerals, said body temperature screening also has been introduced at its sites. Anthony Navo said that employees also were being urged to stay away from areas that had recorded Ebola cases.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has hit some of the poorest countries in the world, where health care resources are already stretched.

Sierra Leone is mineral-rich but its economy and health care system were ravaged by a decade-long civil war that ended in 2002. Some 60% of Sierra Leoneans get by on only $1.25 a day.

Read more on:    sierra leone  |  west africa  |  ebola

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.