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Orphanage quarantined in Sierra Leone

From: BBC

An orphanage, run by a Charity in Sierra Leone, has been quarantined after one of its local staffs was diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

Augustine Baker is said to be in a stable condition at a local treatment center after becoming ill last week. St. George Foundation Orphanage’s Co-Founder, Philip Dean, told the BBC that 33 children and seven staff were now in isolation.

Ebola has killed more than 9,000 people in the three hardest-hit West Africa countries, including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The governments of the three countries have pledged to achieve zero Ebola infection within the next two months.

Mr. Dean, based in the United Kingdom (UK), told the BBC Baker collapsed at a staff meeting and several of his colleagues helped get him to hospital.

The BBC says the quarantine at the St. George Foundation Orphanage is self-imposed, and is expected to last for three weeks. The orphanage was set up in 2004 on the outskirts of the Sierra Leonean Capital, Freetown.

Until the Ebola outbreak in that country, the orphanage was mainly concerned with rescuing street children. Last year, it helped care for some 200 children orphaned by Ebola.

 


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