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Two die after riot over Ebola tests in Sierra Leone

Two die after riot over Ebola tests in Sierra Leone
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Two people have died after violence erupted over Ebola tests in Sierra Leone.

A riot occurred in Koidu Town after a medical team attempted to take a blood sample from an elderly woman suspected to be infected with the virus.

The country is one of three hardest hit by the outbreak in West Africa. The World Health Organisation is meeting to discuss travel curbs, but not everyone is on board.

At a press conference in Beijing, the Head of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Elhadj As Sy told reporters, “(Ebola) creates a lot of fear and extreme panic that sometimes leads to very irrational types of behaviour and measures, like closing borders, canceling flights, isolating countries, etc..Those are not solutions. The only solution is how can we join our efforts to contain those kinds of viruses and epidemics at their epicentre, right where it starts, to contain there.”

The hunt for a vaccine has become a race against time. Pharmaceutical giants Johnson and Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline have joined forces to fast-track clinical trials.

The WHO hopes to start testing possible vaccines in West Africa by January next year.

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Everything you need to know about the Ebola virus