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    Reuters Journalist:

    Umaru Fofana
    @UmaruFofana
    1h1 hour ago

    BREAKING NEWS: The 38-year-old aunt & caregiver of the woman who died of #Ebola in northern SierraLeone tests positive for the virus.

    Umaru Fofana@UmaruFofana 3 hours agoSierra Leone
    38-year-old aunt & caregiver of the woman who died of #Ebola in northern #SierraLeone tests positive for the virus, a health ministry source
    “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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  • #2
    Sierra Leone reports second new Ebola case

    Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP News

    | Jan 20, 2016


    A new Ebola case has been linked to a recent death from the disease in Sierra Leone, signaling an expanding flare-up after West Africa was declared free of disease transmission by the World Health Organization (WHO), Reuters reported today.

    Sierra Leone confirmed an infection in a 38-year-old aunt and caregiver of a 22-year-old woman who died from the disease on Jan 12, which ended the country's Ebola-free status, according to health ministry spokesman Sidi Yahyah Tunis.

    Umaru Fofana, the reporter who filed the story, said on his Twitter account today that the case was confirmed in the city of Magburaka in the Tonkolili district of Sierra Leone's Northern province. He added that the woman will be transferred to 34 Military Hospital in Freetown.

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    “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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    • #3
      Press Statement

      Second Case of Ebola in Sierra Leone – 20th January 2016


      A second case of Ebola was confirmed late Wednesday, 20 January after the blood sample of a high
      risk contact linked to the index case, tested positive for Ebola Virus Disease.

      The 38 year old aunt to the index case, was an active caregiver to the index case during her illness and
      also helped prepare the body for burial upon death on 12 January 2016. The swab tests of the index
      case tested EVD positive on 14 January 2016.

      'Aunt M' moved to a Voluntary Quarantine Facility on Monday, 17 January 2016 with four other high
      risk contacts, after initial monitoring at a quarantined home.

      She developed a fever with diarrhea early 20 January at the VQF, was transferred from the VQF to the
      isolation facility, where an initial blood specimen was taken; the specimen tested positive for EVD
      twice. Subsequent testing took place at another independent laboratory that doubly confirmed the
      results late on the same day.

      'Aunt M' has been transferred to the Ebola Treatment Unit at Military 34 hospital in Freetown where
      she is receiving treatment.

      While this new case causes understandable anxiety after all known transmission chains were formally
      halted on 7 November 2015, the government's rapid response to find, identify this high risk contact
      early, move her to a VQF, monitor her closely for symptoms and rapidly isolate and provide treatment
      when she showed symptoms and tested positive, proves that our response systems remain robust.
      But the risk of further infection remains high for as long as monitoring of located high risk contacts
      continue and while missing contacts remain unlocated.

      The general public is urged to continue to think Ebola, to call 117 to report suspicious illnesses and all
      deaths, not to wash dead bodies and adhere to safe hand hygiene practices and to seek early
      treatment if you suspect that you may have been in contact with the index case.

      We have fought Ebola once and won. Together we can do it again.

      http://health.gov.sl/wp-content/uplo...e-of-Ebola.pdf
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        Reuters journalist:



        Umaru Fofana

        17 min. ·






        ‪#‎SierraLeone‬'s single ‪#‎Ebola‬ case has been discharged after her recovery, setting in motion the countdown to the outbreak being declared over, again. Meanwhile 10 missing contacts in Kambia have reappeared after dozens were released from quarantine.



        “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
        Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

        ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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        • #5
          Tue Feb 9, 2016

          Sierra Leone discharges last known Ebola patient


          Thirty-eight-year-old Memunatu Kalokoh was discharged on Friday, said Col. Sahr Foday, the head of the Sierra Leone Army Medical Unit where she was admitted.

          Kalokoh is the aunt of Mariatu Jalloh, the 21-year-old student who died of the virus last month in the same week that the World Health Organization declared the region Ebola-free.

          The case triggered a country-wide hunt for people who may have come into contact with her. Kalokoh nursed Jalloh when she was sick.


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          Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient has been released from hospital, medical officials said on Monday, allowing authorities to begin a six-week countdown before declaring the West African country free of the virus once more.
          “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
          Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

          ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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