New Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

Health officials have notified the World Health Organization of a new outbreak of Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in the Koindu chiefdom. Laboratory tests have confirmed one case, and there have been 5 deaths in the community. Although this area shares a border with Gueckedou in Guinea where an outbreak of this infection is continuing, the Foya area in Liberia, which had a fatal case of Ebola in early April, is much closer.

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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