Sierra Leone Uses Ebovac Salone Vaccine in Latest Ebola Outbreak

  • At least 121 people identified as contact with latest patients
  • Ebola outbreak resurfaced a day after WHO declared it over

Sierra Leone began administering the Ebova Salone vaccine to people who were in contact with its two latest cases of Ebola.

At least 121 people were exposed to the index case in Tonkolili district, Dr. Foday Dafae, director of disease prevention and control, told reporters in Freetown, the capital, on Friday. At least 47 of them are considered high-risk, he said. They are being monitored at a quarantine facility, he said.

“Vaccination of contacts and contacts of contacts has commenced in Tonkolili District and the process has been successful so far,” Dafae said.

Sierra Leone reported a new case of Ebola on Jan. 15, just a day after the World Health Organization had declared the deadliest outbreak of the viral illness as having ended. The United Nation’s health agency said that flare-ups of the disease are to be expected and that vigilance was importance in preventing the disease from spreading wildly like it did in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since December 2013, killing more than 11,000 people.

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