Health officials in Sierra Leone have confirmed a death from Ebola,
hours after the World Health Organization declared the West Africa
The country was declared free of the virus on 7 November, and the region
as a whole cleared when Liberia was pronounced Ebola-free on Thursday.
But two tests conducted on a boy who died in northern Sierra Leone
proved positive for the virus, a health ministry spokesman told the BBC.
It is not clear when the boy died.
Health ministry spokesman Sidi Yahya Tunis told the BBC that the boy had
died in the northern Tonkolili district. The tests were conducted by
British health experts.
Close to 4,000 people died of Ebola in Sierra Leone, and 11,000 people across the region, since December 2013.
In declaring West Africa clear after the recent outbreak on Thursday,
the WHO warned that the area was susceptible to small flare-ups of the
Liberia was the last country to see the end of active transmission of
Ebola. But it had been declared clear twice before, only for the
infection to re-emerge.
A country is considered free of human-to-human transmission once two
21-day incubation periods have passed since the last known case tested
negative for a second time