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A new case of Ebola in Sierra Leone

By on January 15, 2016

Health officials in Sierra Leone have confirmed a death from Ebola, hours after the World Health Organization declaredthe West Africa outbreak over.
Sierra Leone’s Health Ministry said on Thursday it was investigating a suspected Ebola death in Tonkolili district, hours after the World Health Organization said transmission of the virus in West Africa had ended.

“A suspected Ebola death has been reported in Tonkolili district today,” said a note sent by the ministry to health officials in the country.

The country was declared free of the virus on 7 November, and the region as a whole was cleared when Liberia was pronounced Ebola-free on Thursday.

Two tests conducted on a person who died in northern Sierra Leone proved positive for the virus. The death occurred earlier this week.
Liberia was the last country to see the end of active transmission of Ebola. But it had been declared clear twice before, only for the infection to re-emerge.

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