Guinea/Sierra Leone – The Red Cross office in Boké, a key bauxite mining town in the northwest of Guinea, reported on 20 May that five new Ebola cases were confirmed in the town. Two deaths and 186 contacts were also reported.
This is according to local media commentary.
In total, the World Health Organisation (WHO) noted 35 new confirmed cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone between 10 May and 17 May.
The new cases in Sierra Leone, including cases in Port Loko district where iron ore mining activities are concentrated, have set back the country’s gradual progress towards being declared Ebola-free.
Meanwhile, in Liberia, a country also hard hit by the Ebola virus, was declared Ebola-free on 9 May after no new cases were reported for 42 days, the minimum requirement set by the WHO.