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New Ebola Case Confirmed in Sierra Leone

September 2, 2015
Public Health

Sierra Leone’s bid to be declared ebola free has suffered a blow with the news that a woman from the northern district of Kambia, died of the virus last week.

The source of the infection is being investigated by medical staff at the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), as Communication Director Sidi Yahya Tunis, explained “We have sent a team from here to Sella Kafta village and we have already identified ten high-risk contacts that we are focusing on to stem any possible transmission,” He said. “We have already isolated the high-risk contacts and are assessing whether the village will be isolated if need be.”

The latest victim of the disease, that produced 500 new cases a week during the height of the outbreak, is not thought to have travelled to neighbouring Liberia or Guinea. There have been no known cases of the disease in Liberia since 23 July, but three new cases were confirmed in Guinea during the third week of August.

The recent set back in Sierra Leone came at the same time as the nation’s children returned to school. The education system in the country had been severely disrupted during the outbreak, with some schools closed for up to eight months. Measures are in place to test children’s temperatures and provide hand washing facilities in an attempt to prevent any spread of the virus. A team from the World Health Organisation who successfully tested an ebola vaccine in Guinea, have been dispatched to assist the NERC in Sella Kafta.