Second Ebola case since end of outbreak confirmed in Sierra Leone — reports

January 22, 2016 11:06 am 

MOSCOW, Jan. 21 — A new Ebola case has been registered in Sierra Leone, the second since West Africa was declared Ebola-free last week, local journalists report.

On Jan. 14, Sierra Leone’s health officials said that a boy had died from the Ebola virus in the country’s northern Tonkolili district. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the case on Jan. 15, which was a day after it announced the end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

In December 2013, an Ebola outbreak started in Guinea, later spreading to Liberia and Sierra Leone. The virus has claimed the lives of over 11,000 people, according to WHO estimates.

Sierra Leone declared the end of Ebola transmission in November 2015.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned that Ebola virus outbreaks would happen in 2016 despite the fact that all known chains of Ebola transmission had been stopped in West Africa.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of those infected. (PNA/Sputnik)



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