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WHO confirms new Ebola case in Sierra Leone

A new case of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, only one day after the World Health Organization declared an end to the disease in West Africa.

SOUNDBIE (ENGLISH) TARIK JASAREVIC, WHO spokesperson
“It’s a woman who passed away and was then tested for Ebola. She passed away on 12th January.”

The new case hasn’t come as a surprise, as WHO has warned that more flare-ups may come, and strong surveillance and response systems are crucial.

On Thursday, WHO announced all known chains of transmission had been stopped in West Africa.

WHO stresses Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone remain at high risk of additional small outbreaks of Ebola due to the virus persisting in survivors after recovery.

SOUNDBIE (ENGLISH) TARIK JASAREVIC, WHO spokesperson
“There’s a risk. This outbreak is in the critical phrase right now, where we are moving from case management to management of risk.”

Sierra Leone is still in a 90-day period of enhanced surveillance following the declaration of the end of Ebola transmission in the country.

A joint team of local authorities, WHO and partners are investigating the origin of the new case, identifying contacts and initiating control measures to prevent further transmission.

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