New reports suggest that the Ebola virus would not have spread beyond Guinea if it was not for a healer’s claim to special powers.
Mohamed Vandi, the top medical official in the Ebola struck district of Kenema told in a statement, "She was claiming to have powers to heal Ebola. Cases from Guinea were crossing into Sierra Leone for treatment. She got infected and died. During her funeral, women around the other towns got infected."
The Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,220 people since it first emerged in southern Guinea is spreading quickly to Liberia and is making its way through eastern Sierra Leone. The virus is so deadly that it can get on to people real quick, with only a little higher brain function, and a fading motor control before they die. The virus is strong enough to attack every tissue in the body and it can reduce organs and flesh in an aggressive manner.
The herbalist who claimed to have the treatment for the disease has infected mourners all across the hills of the Kissi tribal chiefdoms. This has started a horrible chain reaction of infection, death, and funerals which is leading to more infections.
The Krio speaking city of 190,000 people known as Kenema already has the highest incidence of Lassa fever which is another viral hemorrhagic disease. But, for now the brutal Ebola virus which is being dubbed as the “molecular shark” is creating chaos in the city and its hospitals.
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