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Ebola deaths on rise in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation confirmed on Monday that it had so far recorded 19 deaths and 53 ebola infections.

According to a press statement, 138 cases of the ebola disease have so far been tested.

Community sensitisation in the Kailahun district in the east and its environs including other areas in the West African state has been intensified.

The release made it clear that rumours about a confirmed case of Ebola patient at the main referral hospital in the capital Freetown, the Connaught hospital was not true.

The release states, “The Ministry of Health is not restricting the movement of people, but that the purpose of the screening at checkpoints or border crossing areas are to avert the risk of contracting the disease.’’

The statement also mentioned the strengthening of surveillance at checkpoints within Kailahun where the disease first manifested itself.

Meanwhile, the ministry said it was happy to disclose that four people, who were earlier tested positive, had proved to be negative and had been discharged.

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