January 21, 2016 / 5:54 AM / in 2 years

Sierra Leone confirms new Ebola case, second in less than a week

FREETOWN (Reuters) - 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.

Healthcare workers prepare to remove the body of a man suspected of carrying Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia, July 17, 2015. REUTERS/James Giahyue

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 Jan. 12, and tested positive for Ebola posthumously.

Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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