Workers from Doctors Without Borders unload emergency medical supplies to deal with an Ebola outbreak in Conakry, Guinea, on March 23, 2014. Picture: Saliou Samb

Freetown - Sierra Leone's health ministry said on Tuesday it was investigating two suspected cases of the Ebola virus as neighbouring Guinea struggled to contain an outbreak of the deadly virus.

“We still do not have any confirmed cases of Ebola in the country. What we do have are suspected cases which our health teams are investigating and taking blood samples from people who had come in contact with those suspected to have the virus,” chief medical officer Brima Kargbo told reporters.

Karbo told reporters one of the cases concerned a 14-year-old boy who is thought to have died two weeks ago in Guinea and then been taken back to his village on the Sierra Leonean side of the border in the eastern district of Kono.

He said the second suspected case was in the northern border district Kambia, without giving any further details except that the patient was still alive.

“This is the first time such a national health threat has come to our borders. In any case, we are prepared and on the alert in readiness in case the disease is diagnosed in Sierra Leone,” he added. - AFP