Ebola in Freetown Area, Sierra Leone — A Case Study of 581 Patients
Schieffelin et al. (Nov. 27 issue)1 reported on 106 patients with Ebola virus disease who were treated in Kenema, Sierra Leone, in May and June 2014. Here we report similar data on the 631 patients with Ebola virus disease, as confirmed by polymerase-chain-reaction assay, who were admitted to the Ebola treatment center at the Hastings Police Training School near Freetown, Sierra Leone, on or after September 20, 2014 (the date on which the first patients were admitted to that center). The 31% case fatality rate at Hastings is lower than the 74% rate reported by Schieffelin et al.
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Ansumana R, Jacobsen KH, Idris M, Bangura H, Boie-Jalloh M, Lamin JM, Sesay S, Sahr F. Ebola in Freetown area, Sierra Leone: a case study of 581 patients. New England Journal of Medicine. 2015 Feb 5; 372(6): 587–588.