Sierra Leone: New countdown to Ebola-free status begins

| October 5, 2015

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The last two known Ebola patients in Sierra Leone were released last week from a hospital in Kambia District near the border with Guinea. The patients were infected by a woman who tested positive for Ebola after her death. Authorities isolated almost 1,000 people after she passed away.

To be declared Ebola-free, a country must have no new infections over a 42-day period.

Pallo Conteh heads the national Ebola Response Centre. He says, “It’s good news for Sierra Leone … It is difficult to say you are confident, because you know with Ebola one mistake might just lead to a [new outbreak].”

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Patients eat in the recovery wing of the Hastings Ebola treatment centre in a neighbourhood in Freetown, Sierra Leone December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner