FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) – An official says Sierra Leone has imposed a quarantine in a fishing district in the capital city, Freetown, in response to new Ebola cases.
OB Sisay, director of the Situation Room at the National Ebola Response Centre, said the quarantine went into effect Friday after five Ebola cases were confirmed in laboratory tests.
He said a control centre had been opened in the district and that contract tracing and surveillance officers had been deployed.
The World Health Organization says Sierra Leone has seen nearly 11,000 confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola cases during the worst Ebola outbreak in history, the most of any country.
Despite a drop in cases, WHO said Wednesday that transmission in Sierra Leone remains widespread, with 76 new confirmed cases in the previous week.