12 April 2016

Sierra Leone On High Alert

Photo: UNICEF / Tanya Bindra
Volunteer in Freetown go door-to-door to educate residents about the modes of transmission of Ebola (file photo).

Although there hasn't been any case of Ebola recurrence in neighboring Sierra Leone, but there are reports that the West African country is on high alert weeks after the disease resurface in Liberia and Guinea. According to reports, the country has been placed on high alert and the government has called for more vigilance to prevent a resurgence of the disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed a link between a fatality in Liberia, months after it was declared Ebola-free, and new cases in its neighbor Guinea. A woman died of Ebola in the Liberian capital, Monrovia on March 31, after arriving from Guinea, where a fresh Ebola outbreak has killed eight of the nine cases registered since mid-March. Two of her three children, aged five and two, have since tested positive for the virus.

The three West African countries have collectively battled the virus that according to the WHO has claimed over 21 000 with Sierra Leone suffering the hardest. Meanwhile the Liberian Health Minister has lambasted the border closure between Sierra Leone and his country saying "its not the right answer to the existing Ebola threats."

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