Sierra Leone is having a setback in the struggle to eradicate Ebola Virus Disease from the country, as a woman who recently died in northern part of the country has tested positive for Ebola. Sierra Leone was celebrating last week when it discharged its last known Ebola patient from hospital.
News of the new case means the country is no longer Ebola-free. High-risk contacts of the woman have been identified, isolated and will now be watched for symptoms.
The National Ebola Response Centre is assessing whether to isolate the whole village of Sella in the Kambia district where the woman, who was in her mid 60s, died.
The end of the outbreak will only be declared six weeks after the last Ebola patient either dies or tests negative for the virus.