The 38-year-old aunt and caregiver of the woman who died of Ebola in Northern Sierra Leone has been tested positive for the virus, an health ministry source revealed today.
Earlier reports had informed that about 103 people who came in contact with the late Mariatu Jalloh, who died last Thursday in Tonkoili district, have been placed in quarantine for medical watch. However, new report gathered by Sierrraloaded says 18 high risk and 32 low risk contacts are no where to be found, posing great threat to the culpability of the virus.
It should also be recalled that the new spread of Ebola stirred demonstrations last friday in front of the public hospital where the fatal case was discovered.
Witnesses in Tonkolili District, 91 miles from Freetown said young people took to the streets of its largest city Magburaka demanding explanation from the hospital which treated 22-year old Mariama Jalloh but did not disclose that she was suffering from the disease.
They said the family of the late Ms. Jalloh washed her remains ahead of her burial without knowing the health implications of touching her body.
The victim reportedly fell ill after returning from Kambia district, also in the north, which is a region close to the border with Guinea, where the epidemic that erupted in 2014 began.
“Vaccination should start today”, our health ministry source further revealed.