Ebola case in Sierra Leone discovered after epidemic declared over

Baku, January 16 AZERTAC

Samples taken from the body of a woman who died this week in Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, officials said Friday, the day after the Ebola epidemic was declared over.

The World Health Organization, which on Thursday declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever, said the new case emerged during a 90-day period of heightened surveillance, and that Sierra Leone's government acted rapidly. Authorities are initiating control measures to prevent further transmission, it said.

The infected 22-year-old woman came from the Northern Kambia District and went to the Northern Tonkolili District for medical care, Francis Langoba Kellie, spokesman for the Office of National Security, said on the radio.

Authorities are tracing her contacts and have dispatched teams to the area to investigate where and how she might have contracted the deadly virus, and if she might have infected others. Certain areas will be quarantined, he said.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of people who are sick or bodies of the dead.

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