Infectious disease: Tough choices to reduce Ebola transmission

Christopher J. M. Whitty and colleagues explain why the United Kingdom is funding many small community centres to isolate suspected cases in Sierra Leone.

The UK government is leading the international response to Ebola in Sierra Leone, providing technical, financial and logistical help. This article sets out the scientific basis for the UK government’s strategy to assist Sierra Leone’s government to reduce transmission. In addition to substantially scaling up conventional capacities at hospitals, the UK plan to help to build and support community isolation centres where people can voluntarily come to be isolated if they suspect that they have the disease.

Christopher J. M. Whitty, Jeremy Farrar, Neil Ferguson, W. John Edmunds, Peter Piot, Melissa Leach & Sally C. Davies / 2014 / Nature

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