On Wednesday, the West African nation of Sierra Leone shut down its border with neighbors’ Guinea and Liberia to try and contain a widespread Ebola virus outbreak. The country declared a state of emergency, shutting down all of its schools, theaters, and nightclubs in the overarching effort to stop the rapid breakout.
Sierra Leone Ministry of Health reports show that seventeen people have died of Ebola, a figure that has doubled in just one week.
Government authorities will set up checkpoints in the Kailahun district. Authorities are now requiring that all deaths from Ebola need to be reported prior to burying the individual’s body. Also, health personnel must oversee the burial process.
Sierra Leone Deputy Minister of Information Theo Nicol told Reuters: “There is more contacts between school-going kids than adults hence the closure of schools in the most affected district.” He also mentioned that the ban exempted churches and mosques, however, religious leaders should remind people that are feeling sick to visit a clinic, he said.
Guinea is dealing with its fair share of the Ebola virus as well. Three-hundred twenty-eight cases and 208 deaths have come from Ebola originating in Guinea.
There is no known cure for Ebola Virus. The virus is both highly infectious and contagious. Symptoms start 2 days to 3 weeks after contracting the virus. They include: fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. The next stage likely includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, along with liver and kidney dysfunction.