New Ebola death in Sierra Leone sets back efforts to beat epidemic

A woman who died last week in northern Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) said Monday, in a setback for the country’s bid to gain Ebola-free status. A swab taken after her death Friday confirmed she had contracted Ebola. “We have sent a team from here to Sella Kafta village and we have already identified ten high-risk contacts that we are focusing on to stem any possible transmission,” the NERC’s communication director Sidi Yahya Tunis said in an interview with a local radio station.

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