The Ebola virus has killed 4 people in Sierra Leone following its outbreak in neighboring Guinea.
According to Sierra Leone’s Health Ministry, the four infected individuals died in the eastern Kailahun district, which borders southern Guinea.
“I can categorically confirm that the Ebola sickness has materialized,” Health Ministry official Amara Jambai said on Monday.
With the latest deaths, the fatalities from Ebola in the West African countries hit 190.
The deadly virus claimed 145 lives in Guinea since it s outbreak in March.
Despite claims by Guinea officials that they have stopped the virus from spreading to other regions, the virus has spread to neighboring Liberia, where it has so far killed 11 people.
There is currently no known cure for Ebola, whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.
Discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, Ebola remains one of the world’s most virulent diseases, which kills between 25 to 90 percent of those who get infected by it.