Liberia creates ‘Plague Villages’ to Curb Ebola

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In an attempt to control the spread of infection, Liberia has quarantined isolated villages that are hit the hardest with the Ebola virus. Widely called ‘plague villages’, they draw their name from medieval Europe, when towns and cities were blocked off from unaffected towns to control outbreaks. Medical supplies and food are scarce, and many people have only two choices: stay where they are and risk a painful death or skip quarantine, which can spread infection.

Tarnue Kabbar, who has worked for the charity Plan International, said, “If sufficient medication, food and water are not in place, the community will force their way out to fetch food and this could lead to further spread of the virus.”

Ebola has killed close to 1,200 people across four African nations, but since August 13, Lofa county has recorded more new deaths than anywhere else, at 124 new cases and 60 deaths. Officials in Monrovia say that controlling the virus situation in Lofa is critical in overcoming the worst crisis since the 14-year civil war that ended in 2003. Republic of Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has implemented a set of medical roadblocks to prevent the infection from spreading. Troops were ordered to prevent people from abandoning their homes and spreading disease in an area in which most cases haven’t been addressed because of the fear of hospitals or clinics that are filled beyond capacity.

A quarantine center in Monrovia was attacked on Saturday. Rioters threw stones at the makeshift facility and looted medical and food supplies. Countries like Uganda managed to stop rural outbreaks through diligent online reporting systems and stringent surveillance, according to Dr. Mbonye, director of Uganda’s community and clinical services. West Africa’s comparatively weak health system is ill prepared to fight back.

Liberia may be the least prepared for an Ebola outbreak, as it has only 50 doctors for a population that exceeds four million people. Locals bathe and dress the bodies of their families for funerals, which contributes to the spread of the disease. Ebola has affected nine out of 15 of Liberia’s counties.

 

 

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