Sumana Places Himself in Ebola Quarantine

February 28, 2015 8:03 PM

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FREETOWN — Sierra Leone's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana said on Saturday that he had placed himself in a 21-day quarantine after one of his bodyguards died of Ebola amid a worrying recent surge in new infections in the West African nation. Cases of Ebola, which has killed nearly 10,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea during a year-long epidemic, have fallen off sharply in recent weeks.

Of 99 new confirmed Ebola cases in the region during the week to Feb. 22, however, 63 were in Sierra Leone according to the World Health Organization's weekly report. Sam-Sumana's bodyguard John Koroma died early this week. "I have decided to be put under quarantine because I do not want to take cha...

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