CONAKRY, Guinea — Two new deaths from the deadly Ebola disease were announced Monday by health authorities in Guinea and Sierra Leone, raising fears that the first outbreak in West Africa is not yet under control. The new fatalities are far from where the outbreak began.
There are also several other deaths suspected to be from Ebola that have not been confirmed by tests. The death announced Monday in Sierra Leone is the country’s first official confirmed case, though it had been on high alert ever since the disease appeared in Guinea.
Guinea said Monday that at least one new death emerged in Telimele, 167 miles from the region where the outbreak first occurred. Guinea also has eight new suspected Ebola deaths. Medics are observing 86 people because they are suspected to have been exposed to the deadly disease, according to Guinean health officials. In addition to the death, two deaths suspected to be Ebola are in Telimele and and six are in Macenta, at the epicenter of the crisis.