This Reuters report is really a March 21 story updated with information about MSF moving into Guinea: Guinea haemorrhagic fever may have crossed into Sierra Leone. But while it's out of date about what the disease might be, it explains why health authorities are worried about it in Sierra Leone as well. Excerpt:
While the exact type of the fever, which is characterised by bleeding, has yet to be identified, a senior official in Guinea said on Friday preliminary tests had narrowed down the possibilities to Ebola or Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever.
WHO officials, however, suspect Lassa Fever may be behind the outbreak, cases of which have now also been reported in a border region in Sierra Leone, according to minutes of a March 18 teleconference seen by Reuters.
Sierra Leone's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo said authorities were investigating the case of a 14-year-old boy who died in the town of Buedu in the eastern Kailahun District.
The boy had travelled to Guinea to attend the funeral of one of the outbreak's earlier victims.
Kargbo said a medical team had been sent to Buedu to test those who came into contact with the boy before his death.
Buedu turns out to be maybe 20 kilometers southwest of Guéckédu, one of the Guinean towns where Ebola has broken out. Buedu is also in a kind of finger of Sierra Leone wedged in between Guinea to the north and Liberia to the east and south.