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10 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone

Ten new cases of Ebola were found during Sierra Leone's three-day countrywide shutdown but an official said the West African nation is now at the "tail end" of the epidemic.

Alfred Palo Conteh, head of the country's Ebola response, said today that hundreds of sick people were identified during the door-to-door operation which was also aimed at reminding people how to prevent Ebola.

However, only 10 people eventually tested positive for the disease.

That figure indicates that there are not hordes of hidden Ebola cases as some had feared. By contrast, during a shutdown in September, when the epidemic was raging, more than 260 new cases were found.

The current Ebola outbreak has killed around 10,500 people, the vast majority in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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