Thursday, 21 August 2014

Ebola Outbreak In West Africa Traced To Female Herbalist Who Claimed She Could Cure Victims Of The Disease

Ebola virus kills seven people in Liberia 

Reports have emerged today tracing the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa to one female herbalist in Sierra Leone who claimed she could cure victims of the disease.

The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma.

'She was claiming to have powers to heal Ebola. Cases from Guinea were crossing into Sierra Leone for treatment,' said Mohamed Vandi, the top medical official in the hard-hit district of Kenema.

'She got infected and died. During her funeral, women around the other towns got infected.'

Ebola has killed more than 1,350 people since it emerged in southern Guinea at the start of the year, spreading first to Liberia and cutting a gruesome and gory swathe through eastern Sierra Leone since May.

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