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Sierra Leone News: Trends: Ebola deaths double in last 3 weeks

mapThe official death from Ebola over the past 3 weeks has more than doubled from 52 to 131 per 7day week. In the 7 day week of 4 to 10th November 52 people died of Ebola according to the NERC figures. This shows a death rate of 12.3%.
This increased by 3.6% to 15.9% in the following second 7day week of 11 to 17 November with 85 deaths recorded.
In the third succeeding 7day week of 18 to 24th November the figures increased heavily from 85 to 131 showing an increase of 46 deaths and a jump in the death rate of 18.1% from 15.9% to 34% over the previous 7day week.
On the other hand the number of confirmed cases fluctuated from 421 in the week of 4 to 10th November to 533 for the week of 11 to 17 November showing an increase of 112. The succeeding week of 18 to 23rd November, the number of confirmed cases fell by 148 from 533 to 385.
These figures do not in anyway tell the story most Sierra Leoneans would want to hear which is that Ebola is going away. The depressing revelation however is that in the last 21 days the death rates have more than doubled from 52 a week to 131 last week. This shows that the Ebola Virus Disease shows no sign of “burning out” or reaching the peak before starting to come down as it has done in Guinea and Liberia.
Wednesday November 26, 2014

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