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Published On: Fri, May 30th, 2014

Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak rises to 50

The number of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases in Sierra Leone has jumped to 50 cases, up from 16 reported just two days ago, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) update today.

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34 new cases (7 confirmed, 3 probable, and 24 suspected) and one suspected death were reported from five districts.

In Guinea, 10 new cases and 7 new deaths have been reported since the last update Wednesday. A cumulative total of 291 clinical cases of EVD, including 193 deaths have been reported in Guinea since the beginning of the outbreak.

In Liberia, one new suspected case who died in Foya district was reported. The body was transported to and buried in Sierra Leone. The case is being investigated by both Liberia and Sierra Leone. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

WHO and its partners have deployed experts to both Sierra Leone and Guinea to support and build capacity of national personnel to mount an effective EVD outbreak response including coordination, disease outbreak investigation, risk assessment, establishment of treatment facilities, case management, infection prevention and control in the newly affected districts, and social mobilization targeting the resistant communities. 

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In Sierra Leone, WHO and its partners have established a treatment centre in Koindu and are also coordinating the laboratory testing of samples from Kailahun district, Sierra Leone to be tested in Gueckedou, Guinea.

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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