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Bethany Morse (Class of 1999) works at Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital in Sierre Leone, Africa. Here is a recent update from Bethany:
Ebola in Sierra Leone
"There are currently NO cases of Ebola in Kamakiwe. Very few cases are in Bombaili district where the hospital resides and the cases seen in the district are near and around Makeni, which is a bigger town about 55 miles away from Kamakwie.
According to the Health and Sanatation website in Sierra Leone as of February 10th, there have been 8,152 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, with 2,985 of those resulting in death and 2,218 survivors. The confirmed cases have been in all districts and areas of Sierra Leone. The new confirmed cases have been decreasing. The numbers are as low as 3 confirmed cases in a day to as many as 12 confirmed cases in a day for the whole country for the last few weeks.
Thank you for praying for this outbreak of Ebola and we are thankful that the staff at the hospital have been and continue to be protected from this virus. Unfortunately, many of the early symptoms of this disease mimic malaria, which is very common in Sierra Leone. The disease is very contagious, especially most body fluids including sweat. Thank God that so far there has not been many cases in Kamakwie and that none of the staff at the hospital have been affected."