Ebola death confirmed in Sierra Leone


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Less than 24 hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia free of Ebola transmission, a case has been confirmed in Sierra Leone. According to an Ebola test centre, a patient has died from the disease in the country’s Tonkolili district.

Yesterday, the WHO warned that although the current outbreak of Ebola had ended in west Africa, there was still a risk of small flare-ups in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

This is the first Ebola death in Sierra Leone since it was declared Ebola transmission free on 7 November last year. Health officials in the country will now seek the people the patient had recently been in contact with to try to prevent the disease spreading.


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