A 16-year-old girl in Sierra Leone died from Ebola, officials in the country announced yesterday (Sept. 14). The teen passed away Sunday in Makeni, a city within the northern province of Bombali, near Guinea.
As a precaution, 700 people in the teen’s village, including her parents, classmates and teachers, have been quarantined. Two weeks prior to her death, a 67-year-old food trader in a nearby area died from Ebola, although officials say the cases are not related.
The girl reported symptoms early last week, but was not hospitalized until Sunday, before she died.
Both deaths come after Sierra Leone went six months without a single reported case of Ebola. More than 4,000 people in the country succumbed to the deadly fever during the biggest epidemic in its history. The outbreak was centered around Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
The International Medical Corps, a non-profit organization that provides aid to those “affected by war, natural disaster and disease,” released a statement on the latest fatality in Sierra Leone. “We are saddened by the news of a new Ebola death in Sierra Leone. Our three treatment centers are prepared to receive and care for new patients that stem from this case – because as long as there is one case in the region, the outbreak is far from over.”
Doctors in Guinea, where the epidemic began in 2013, recently tested a new Ebola vaccination that is said to be 100 percent effective.
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