One year since deadly Ebola outbreak

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THANDI XABA

Known to be one of the deadliest killers Africa has seen, March 22nd marks the first reported outbreak of the Ebola virus a year ago.

Since then the World Health Organisation as revealed over 10 000 people have died from the Ebola virus, with at least 500 health workers who also lost their lives fighting the epidemic.

Bloemfontein Infectious Disease Specialist Dr Cloete Van Vuuren says dealing with Ebola became difficult because it was the first outbreak to occur over boarders.

Van Vuuren says one of the worst affected countries which is Liberia, currently has the virus under control.

However in Guinea there is still a big a problem as over the weeks Ebola cases have risen and are mainly coming unidentified and undiagnosed patients, meaning the health systems are not aware of the(se) cases.

Sierra Leone is also having an ongoing outbreak but it seems to also be under control.