About 700 Ebola Virus Disease suspects quarantined in Sierra Leone

Health authorities in Sierra Leone have quarantined about 700 people as they battled to contain a new outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease which has already killed a 16-year-old girl.

The teenager died on Sunday in a rural suburb of the city of Makeni in the country’s north that had not recorded a single case of the deadly virus in nearly six months.

The local Ebola response centre said those locked down included the girl’s parents, close relatives and classmates, and are classified as high risk although they have not exhibited any signs and symptoms of the disease.

The country’s health ministry says the surveillance team of the Ebola response centre has intensified their investigations and is working to nip the issue in the bud.

Official figures show the West African outbreak of Ebola has killed more than 11,000 of the 28,000 people infected since the virus first emerged in December 2013 in Guinea, with Liberia as the hardest hit.

IN OTHER NEWS; The first refugees have crossed the Serbia-Croatian frontier, carving out a new route through Europe after Hungary sealed its borders.

The development came as German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday called for a special European Union refugee summit, urging unity in the European response to the crisis.

Croatian police said they were registering refugees entering from Serbia and would transport them to reception centres near the capital Zagreb.


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