Sierra Leone iden­ti­fies 100 new Ebola con­tacts

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - The As­so­ci­ated Press

FREE­TOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone has iden­ti­fied more than 100 con­tacts of a new Ebola case that emerged in the West African na­tion’s north last week, and 28 of those peo­ple are at high risk, of­fi­cials have said. Swabs from a 22-year-old woman who died last week tested pos­i­tive for Ebola, Sierra Leone au­thor­i­ties said Fri­day. The case came a day af­ter the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion de­clared the out­break over in West Africa. The young stu­dent was not prop­erly buried by a burial team, the Di­rec­tor of Dis­ease, Con­trol and Preven­tion in the Min­istry of Health and San­i­ta­tion, Dr. Fo­day Dafae, said Mon­day. At least 28 high risk con­tacts have been placed un­der quar­an­tine, and the re­main­ing 109 con­tacts are be­ing as­sessed, he said. Three known con­tacts are miss­ing, Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor of Of­fice of Na­tional Se­cu­rity, Ishmael Tarawal­lie, said over the week­end. “We are wor­ried and con­cerned about this new de­vel­op­ment,” Tarawal­lie said Satur­day of the new case, adding that the woman’s death came as Sierra Leone was en­ter­ing its 68th day of 90 days of height­ened sur­veil­lance. “It was not un­ex­pected that a flare-up was pos­si­ble.”

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