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5/26/2014 (10 months ago)

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Five are reported dead in this West African nation's first such outbreak

Five people have been confirmed dead in Sierra Leone's first reported Ebola outbreak. There had been hopes that the deadly virus - which causes the sufferer's internal organs to bleed and virtually melt, had been controlled in West Africa. This latest report confirms medical official's worst fears that the latest outbreak is far from over.

Several suspected cases of Ebola were recorded in Sierra Leone early on in the West African outbreak, but they later tested negative for the disease.

Several suspected cases of Ebola were recorded in Sierra Leone early on in the West African outbreak, but they later tested negative for the disease.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/26/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Sierra Leone, Ebola, outbreak, WHO


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, is believed to have killed some 185 people in the neighboring nations of Guinea and Liberia since March. The outbreaks in these two nations marked the first deadly appearance of the disease in West Africa.
 
The World Health Organization, or WHO says this signals a new expansion of the disease which regional officials had believed had been brought under control.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

Several suspected cases of Ebola were recorded in Sierra Leone early on in the West African outbreak, but they later tested negative for the disease.

The WHO declared on its Web site that the outbreak in Sierra Leone was located in an area along the country's border with Guinea's Guéckédou prefecture, where some of the earliest cases of the disease were recorded.

"Preliminary information received from the field indicates that one laboratory-confirmed case and five community deaths have been reported from Koindu chiefdom," it said.

Six experts have been sent to the area, along with essential supplies.

The West African outbreak spread from a remote corner of Guinea to the capital, Conakry, and into Liberia, wreaked havoc across a region struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders.

A total of 258 clinical cases have been recorded in Guinea since the outbreak was first identified as Ebola, including 174 deaths; 95 confirmed, 57 probable and 57 suspected.

No new cases of Ebola have been detected since late April in Conakry, where an outbreak could pose the biggest threat of an epidemic due to the city's role as an international travel hub.

Unfortunately, Guinean health officials announced two new confirmed cases on Friday in an area previously untouched by the virus. Ebola is thought to have killed 11 people in Liberia.

Ebola is endemic to Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Uganda and South Sudan. Scientists initially believed that Central Africa's Zaire strain of the disease was responsible for the infections in Guinea and Liberia.

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