New Ebola cases continue to appear in Guinea and Sierra Leone

In Guinea, new cases of Ebola continue to be reported from newly infected districts (Telimele and Boffa) and some affected districts that had not reported cases for more than 42 days (Conakry and Macenta). With 10 new cases and 7 new deaths, the total number of reported cases in this outbreak has reached 291 suspected and confirmed cases, including 193 deaths.

In Sierra Leone, 34 new suspected and confirmed cases from 5 districts brings the total to 53 cases since the outbreak began. Cases have been reported from Kailahun, Kenema, Koinadugu, Bo, and Moyamba. Sierra Leone has restricted travel in some areas.

There is no treatment or vaccine for Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Any traveller in the affected area should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals (such as washing the body) for deceased patients, during close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or during contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons in hospital settings.

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