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After the discharge of the last Ebola patient, Sierra Leone started a 42 days countdown before declaring the area to be Ebola free.  But it only took a week after the discharge when another case of Ebola case was reported.

“Last Sunday, a 67 years old woman from Kambia District at the northern part of the country died positive of Ebola virus”, Dr. Brima Kargbo, chief medical officer said.

It was only last Monday when the last Ebola patient was discharged from Sierra Leone hospital. This was considered as Africa’s milestone in their effort to do away with this illness. And it will only take 42 days after the said discharge when they can declare their country to be Ebola transmission free.

“We must not lose hope since we are expecting this to happen”, said the center’s director OB Sisay. “All we need is to be more focused and ensure that we maintain our discipline”, she added.

Up to now, authorities are exerting effort to rule out whether the death in Kambia happened before or after the countdown begun. According to WHO, Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone caused around 4,000 deaths while 13,500 were confirmed positive of such disease. And 11,300 individuals died due to Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.  And the country’s only hope to prevent this from happening again is to completely eradicate the virus from this place.