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    At least five new cases of the Ebola virus were detected in Sierra Leone recently, according to World Health Organization (WHO).

    The World Health Organization announced that African countries are expected to be declared Ebola-free by the end of 2015.
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    GENEVA (Sputnik) — At least 5 cases of the deadly Ebola virus were registered in Sierra Leone in the week ending September 13, World Health Organization (WHO) reported Wednesday.

    The latest Ebola outbreak began in Guinea in 2013, spreading later to neighboring countries, with about 28,220 cases and 11,291 deaths reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone combined.

    The WHO report showed that the new cases of infection occurred in Sierra Leone's districts of Bombali and Kambia. At the same time Guinea recorded its first week without a new case in a year.

    In August, Sierra Leone marked 42 days without a new case being registered, which allowed the country to claim itself Ebola-free according to WHO guidelines. However, later more people became infected.

    According to WHO, there is no officially registered vaccine against Ebola, but some countries, such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Russia are conducting tests on their own vaccines against the virus.

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