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Published On: Wed, May 28th, 2014

Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak update

In a follow-up to the news that the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has spread to the west African country of Sierra Leone shows the number of cases have grown since the weekend.

Image/Charles Humphrey

Image/Charles Humphrey

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) today, there are now 16 cases (7 laboratory-confirmed, 9 suspected) and 5 community deaths have been reported from Kailahun district. The district is located in the eastern region of Sierra Leone sharing borders with Gueckedou in Guinea and also with Liberia.

The Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) says samples sent to the Lassa Fever Laboratory (LFL) (supported by Metabiota Inc. and Tulane/Harvard Universities), tested positive for ebolavirus Zaire by conventional RT-PCR (MOHS — Harvard University reagents) and by real time RT-PCR (Metabiota Inc., USAMRIID and Critical Reagents Program reagents).

In neighboring Guinea, four new districts reported 14 new clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 5 deaths as follows: Boffa, 5 cases and 1 death; Telimele, 7 cases and 4 deaths; Boke, 1 case and 0 death; and Dubreka, 1 case and 1 death.

As of 27 May 2014, the total cumulative number of cases due to EVD is 281 and 186 deaths in Guinea. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

 

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