Sierra Leone emergency anti-malaria drive reaches 2.5 million people

January 22, 2015 6:26 PM

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sierra Leone has given anti-malaria drugs to more than 2.5 million people in Ebola-affected areas and significantly reduced the number of patients with fever that might have been mistaken for Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Malaria symptoms - fever, headache, aching joints - are similar to those of Ebola in its early stages, resulting in malaria patients going to Ebola treatment centers, putting pressure on health services and exposing themselves to infection.

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