Sierra Leone: Ebola returns to Freetown after three-week gap

| June 29, 2015

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Sierra Leone recorded eight new cases of Ebola last week. But the two cases in the capital city, Freetown, are particularly worrying. According to officials, they disprove the assumption that the city has defeated Ebola.

Sidi Yahya Tunis is a spokesperson for the National Ebola Response Centre. He says, “This is worrisome because we had already closed all Ebola quarantine structures in Freetown since we had gone for weeks without a case.”

Mr. Tunis says there are concerns about further infection because the two Freetown cases were reported in a densely populated slum which lacks adequate clean water and sewage facilities.

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Photo: The blood of a survivor of the Ebola virus is extracted as part of a study launched at Liberia’s John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, June 17, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer