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Chinese Medical Team under Ebola Quarantine
   2014-08-01 19:50:40    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: An Jing

A UNICEF worker holds a poster bearing information about best practices to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, in Conakry, Guinea, March 31, 2014. [Photo: CFP]


A Chinese medical team is currently under quarantine in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone after treating an Ebola patient.

So far, no Chinese medical staffer has been found to be infected by the virus.

The patient died last week while being transferred to the eastern city of Kenema.

The Chinese medical team will be under quarantine for two weeks.

China has sent at least 16 medical teams to Sierra Leone in the past 40 years.

So far, 729 people across West Africa have died from the virus.

Sierra Leone has already declared a state of emergency as the country has the highest number of Ebola cases.

Local authorities say they are trying to prevent the virus from spreading to the capital.

Cidie yahya Tunis is the spokesman for the ministry of health and sanitation.

"If it gets to Freetown it will be chaotic for sure and we will see lots of international partners and expatriates that will want to leave. And we don't want to get to that level. That's why we are working hard and eventually we will eradicate it from the country."

Security forces will now enforce quarantine on all centers of the disease.

Meanwhile, members of the US Peace Corps prepare to leave neighboring Guinea as the organization evacuates hundreds of its volunteers from affected countries.

In Nigeria, authorities say that 59 people who were in contact with a man who died of Ebola remain under close surveillance.

The man died last week after returning from Liberia.

However, the Nigerian government says it is not closing the borders.

In neighboring Liberia, which accounts for one-fifth of the deaths, the government has announced plans to close schools and place all non-essential government workers on a 30-day compulsory leave.

The authorities are also considering quarantining several communities based on the recommendation of the health ministry.

The World Health Organization says it is launching a 100 million US dollar response plan to combat the virus, but is not recommending travel restrictions or border closures at this time.

The latest outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever began in the forests of remote eastern Guinea in February.

It starts with headaches and fever, and final stage symptoms include external and internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea.

There is currently no licensed drug or vaccine for Ebola, and patients can only be given supportive care to keep them hydrated.

For more the situation on the ground, we earlier spoke with Billy Thiftleton, a hotel manager at Monrovia, capital of Liberia.



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