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  • Ebola virus: New case emerges in Sierra Leone

    Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35320363

    Ebola virus: New case emerges in Sierra Leone
    1 hour ago
    From the section Africa

    Health officials in Sierra Leone have confirmed a death from Ebola, hours after the World Health Organization declared the West Africa outbreak over.

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

    But two tests conducted on a boy who died in northern Sierra Leone proved positive for the virus, a health ministry spokesman told the BBC.

    It is not clear when the boy died...

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    Suspected Ebola death in Sierra Leone hours after WHO gives all-clear


    AFP | 15 januari, 2016


    A woman in Sierra Leone is thought to have died from Ebola, officials said Thursday, just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to an epidemic of the disease.

    The female student was taken ill in the northern village of Bamoi Luma near the Guinean border and died soon after, with an initial swab testing positive for Ebola, a senior health ministry official told AFP.

    "Complete findings will be made known to the public by tomorrow (Friday)," he said, adding that further tests were under way.

    Earlier Thursday the WHO said a two-year Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people and triggered a global health alert was over, with Liberia the last country to get the all-clear.
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    • #3
      Umaru Fofana is a well known journalist in Sierra Leone, with a good reputation.

      Umaru Fofana


      13 uur · Freetown, Sierra Leone ·



      Breaking: ‪#‎SierraLeone‬ ‪#‎Ebola‬ centre says a suspected Ebola death in the north of the country being investigated. Other sources say the deceased was a high school student who returned home in Tonkolili after spending time at Barmoi in Kambia on the border with ‪#‎Guinea‬. A health team has been dispatched to the area.
      Last edited by Gert van der Hoek; January 15th, 2016, 06:20 AM.
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      • #4
        Latest Ebola outbreak over in Liberia; West Africa is at zero, but new flare-ups are likely to occur

        Corrigendum: A new suspected case of Ebola has been identified in Sierra Leone on 14 January, shortly after this press release came out. This event shows that strong surveillance and response systems will be critical in the months to come as we must be prepared for possible flare-ups of the disease.

        14 JANUARY 2016 | LIBERIA - Today, WHO declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa. But the Organization says the job is not over, more flare-ups are expected and that strong surveillance and response systems will be critical in the months to come.

        Liberia was first declared free of Ebola transmission in May 2015, but the virus was re-introduced twice since then, with the latest flare-up in November. Today’s announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed patient in Liberia tested negative for the disease 2 times.
        “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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        • #5
          Gregory Härtl@HaertlG 5m5 minutes agoGeneva, Switzerland
          .@kakape 22 year-old woman. Case confirmed after her death. Other aspects still being investigated. #Ebola #SierraLeone @HelenBranswell
          “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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          • #6
            | Fri Jan 15, 2016

            Sierra Leone Ebola victim exposed 27 others to disease: NGO report

            FREETOWN


            A woman who died of Ebola this week in Sierra Leone potentially exposed at least 27 other people to the disease, raising the possibility of further transmission as a regional epidemic appeared nearly over, according to an aid agency report.

            The victim, a 22-year-old female student from Tonkolili district named Mariatu Jalloh, became ill at the beginning the year and died on Jan. 12 while living in a house with 22 people.

            She had sought medical attention at a local hospital but was treated as an outpatient.




            A woman who died of Ebola this week in Sierra Leone potentially exposed at least 27 other people to the disease, raising the possibility of further transmission as a regional epidemic appeared nearly over, according to an aid agency report.
            “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
            Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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            • #7
              Update of the previous Reuters report, including more details

              Dozens feared exposed as Sierra Leone confirms new Ebola case

              Source: Reuters - Fri, 15 Jan 2016

              * Ebola case confirmed months after country declared Ebola-free
              * New flare-up a setback as region seeks to end epidemic
              * Report exposes failure to heed health guidelines (Writes through with details from NGO report)

              - snip -


              The victim, a 22-year-old female named Mariatu Jalloh, began showing symptoms at the beginning of the year, though the exact date is unknown, the report states.

              A student in Port Loko, the largest town in Sierra Leone's Northern Province, Jalloh travelled to Bamoi Luma near the border with Guinea in late December.

              Sierra Leone's northern border area, a maze of waterways, was one of the country's last Ebola hot spots before it was declared Ebola-free on Nov. 7, and contact tracing was sometimes bedevilled by access problems.

              By the time she travelled back to her parents' home in Tonkolili district, east of the capital Freetown, using three different taxis, Jalloh had diarrhoea and was vomiting, the report said. She was nursed by members of a household of 22 people.

              She sought treatment at a local hospital on Jan. 8 where a health worker, who did not wear protective clothing, took a blood sample. It was not immediately clear whether the sample was tested for Ebola.

              She was treated as an outpatient and returned home, where she died on Jan. 12. Health workers took a swab test of Jalloh's body following her death, which tested positive for Ebola.

              Asked about apparent errors in handling the case, Sierra Leone health ministry spokesman Sidi Yahya Tunis said that the patient had been tested for the virus and had received treatment in a government hospital. He did not give further details.

              The report stated that five people who were not part of Jalloh's parents' household were involved in washing her corpse, a practice that is considered one of the chief modes of Ebola transmission.
              The WHO warns that despite absence of known transmissions, there could still be cases of Ebola in the region
              “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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              • #8

                Reuters journalist

                Umaru Fofana@UmaruFofana 49m49 minutes ago
                #SierraLeone Govt says 109 contacts linked to the new #Ebola death and that the deceased contacted a herbalist before going to hospital.
                “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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                • #9
                  Sierra Leone puts over 100 people in quarantine after new Ebola death

                  jan 17 2016

                  Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone's government on Saturday urged the public not to panic as it announced that more than 100 people had been quarantined following a new death from Ebola just as the country seemed to have overcome the epidemic.
                  From Yahoo News: Sierra Leone's government on Saturday urged the public not to panic as it announced that more than 100 people had been quarantined following a new death from Ebola just as the country seemed to have overcome the epidemic. The World Health Organization on Friday confirmed that a 22-year-old woman who died after falling ill near the Guinean border last week had tested positive for the tropical fever. Health officials in Freetown said they had placed a total of 109 people who had been in contact with the student before her death in isolation.
                  “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
                  Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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                  • #10

                    Reuters journalist:
                    Umaru Fofana@UmaruFofana 7m7 minutes ago
                    Authoritative source reveals 18 high risk, 32 low risk contacts linked to 12Jan'16 #Ebola death in n/#SierraLeone missing. Vaccination today
                    “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
                    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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