New Ebola outbreak in Guinea

2021-02-20 12:36:04
New Ebola outbreak in Guinea

Health authorities in Guinea declared a new Ebola outbreak on 14 February 2021 following three cases in the rural community in N'Zerekore prefecture were tested positive for the virus.

It is the first Ebola outbreak in Guinea since 2016 when a large one was successfully brought under control.

A humanitarian flight arrived on 15 February in N’Zerekore with 700 kg of medical equipment donated by WHO and partners. A consignment of more than 11 000 doses of Ebola vaccine is expected to arrive in Guinea this weekend.

This vaccine has to be stored at -60 °C to -80°C. The Ministry of Health of Guinea, WHO and Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners have initiated measures to control the outbreak and prevent further spread.

Speaking ahead of the virus, four cases were also confirmed in the DRC, as well as two deaths that are epidemiologically linked, marking the 11th Ebola outbreak.

However, countries in the sub-region are on high alert and increasing public health measures and surveillance in border towns and communities to quickly detect and respond to possible cross-border infections in order to avoid going once again through the 2014–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Ebola is an acute severe viral illness and is extremely lethal, on the other hand the world wide current covid-19 pandemic is not letting the country out of the race with an actual 15,216 corona virus cases and 86 deaths according to the Worldmeters.


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