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Sierra Leone confirms new Ebola case

The new patient is a relative who had helped care for the earlier victim, Mariatu Jalloh.

FILE: Sierra Leone confirmed a new case of Ebola on Wednesday. Picture: AFP.

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone confirmed a new case of Ebola on Wednesday, its second in less than a week, marking a further setback in efforts to end a two-year West African epidemic that has killed more than 11,300 people.

Health ministry spokesman Sidi Yahyah Tunis described the new patient as a 38-year-old woman, a relative who had helped care for the earlier victim Mariatu Jalloh . Jalloh died from the disease on 12 January and tested positive for Ebola posthumously.

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