New Ebola Case
January 18, 2016 by staff
New Ebola Case, It’s tough for the doctors and medical staff working out in West Africa at the moment: just a few hours after the World Health Organisation declared the region Ebola-free, a new case was discovered in Sierra Leone, as the BBC reports. The death occurred earlier this week in the Tonkolili district of the country, and it’s believed the individual involved had recently travelled from Kambia near to the border with Guinea.
While a disappointing development, it’s not necessarily a surprising one. “Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone remain at high risk of additional small outbreaks of Ebola in the coming months due to the virus persisting in survivors after recovery,” said a WHO statement. In other words, these kind of small-scale incidents are to be expected, and while still dangerous, can be contained.
“We are now at a critical period in the Ebola epidemic as we move from managing cases and patients to managing the residual risk of new infections,” said Bruce Aylward, the WHO’s Special Representative for the Ebola Response. “We still anticipate more flare-ups and must be prepared for them.”
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