(Headlines & Global News) The crisis of Ebola, which has left hundreds dead in the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, began allegedly with one healer's claims of having special powers, Agence France-Presse reported.
If not for the herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma, the outbreak would have never spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP. "She was claiming to have powers to heal Ebola. Cases from Guinea were crossing into Sierra Leone for treatment," Mohamed Vandi, the top medical official in the hard-hit district of Kenema, told AFP.
"She got infected and died. During her funeral, women around the other towns got infected." As the mourners spread out across the rolling hills of the Kissi tribal chiefdoms at the herbalist's funeral, a chain reaction of infections, deaths, funerals and more infections began.
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