Two new cases of Ebola surfaced in Sierra Leone’s northern Tonkolili District after a man died last week in the area where the deadly virus had been gone for months, an official said Monday, raising new fears of the epidemic’s resurgence.
The victim contracted the disease in the capital, Freetown, and then traveled to his home village to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He was treated for a fever at the local hospital but authorities did not call the Ebola emergency number.
The two new cases are relatives of the man, said National Ebola Response Centre’s OB Sisay on Sunday. Authorities moved quickly to contain the spread, but more cases are feared, he said. Following the death, authorities quarantined 500 people.
“We now know where the virus is and we are tracking its movement, by surrounding, containing and eradicating its last remaining chain of transmission,” Sisay said.