The Ebola epidemic in Africa is slowly spreading and 5 new deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone. It is the first deaths related to the dreaded disease in the country.

The new deaths have been confirmed by WHO which stated that preliminary field information has revealed that five persons have succumbed to the disease in the town of Koindu in Sierra Leone. However, only one death has been confirmed in laboratory tests.

The town of Koindu is situated in the close proximity of the Guinean town of Gueckedou where the Ebola outbreak is at its worst. The Ebola epidemic started in February in the Equatorial Guinea. The death toll as a result of the Ebola outbreak had reached 179. The deaths have been reported across three countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The WHO officials have stated that it along with the Sierra Leone authorities is trying to check the outbreak in Koindu.

The Ebola virus is commonly transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids of the infected person. Common symptoms include fever, vomiting, a measles-like rash, and bleeding through bodily openings.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, a measles-like rash, and bleeding through bodily openings.

The new cases have come as a setback to efforts to control the spread of the epidemic. There is no cure or vaccines for the disease and supportive therapy is the mainstay in treating the disease. The disease is commonly seen the Eastern and Central African region. The disease also has a very highj mortality rate of 70%.

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