There are four new cases of the Ebola Virus disease recorded in Sierra Leone over the past few weeks, officials have said. But as of right now they are very cautious not to call it an outbreak.
The new cases of Ebola have emerged in an area where a 67-year-old woman died in August, bringing the total new cases in treatment to four. The head of the Sierra Leone National Ebola Response Center, Alfred Palo Conteh, said Tuesday that three new cases were confirmed Monday. He also went on to say that a total of four people are in treatment after another case was confirmed Sept. 5.
According to Conteh the new cases were in contact with the woman who died in the northern Kambia district on Aug. 28. Apparently after she died, there were traditional burial practices performed on her which includes washing the corpse.
“Our people are stubborn. Until they stop doing what I call the silly things we will have cases popping up here and there. I am expecting more cases,” Conteh said. “We are sure that the body was washed … so all those who took part in the washing of the corpse, all those who were helping her when she was having wet symptoms would all become infected.”
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