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Guinea announces an outbreak of Ebola following three deaths from the virus

After at least three people were found to have died from the virus, Guinea announced an Ebola epidemic.

The deaths are the first Ebola casualties in the West African nation since 2016.

These persons, along with four others, became ill after they all attended a nurse's funeral.

After at least three people were found to have died from the virus, Guinea announced an Ebola epidemic.

The deaths are the first Ebola casualties in the West African nation since 2016.

At the Nongo ebola treatment centre in Conakry, Guinea, a health worker walks towards patients under quarantine.
At the Nongo ebola treatment centre in Conakry, Guinea, a health worker walks towards patients under quarantine.

These persons, along with four others, became ill after they all attended a nurse's funeral.

Reportedly, after going to the nurse's funeral in Goueke, which is near the Liberian border, they all suffered from diarrhoea, vomiting, and bleeding.

"She passed away on January 28, 2021 and her funeral took place in Goueké on February 01, "the Ministry of Health of Guinea said.

The first inquiry involved seven cases, all of which were over 25 years of age (four males and three females), including three deaths (two women and one men).

"All cases were part of the nurse's funeral."

Surviving cases have been isolated in recovery facilities and trace contacts continue to be made by health authorities.

Between 2013 and 2016, an initial epidemic killed over 11,000 individuals.

"Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious, often fatal disease affecting humans and other primates, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever," WHO said.

"The virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals (such as fruit bats, porcupines and non-human primates) and then spreads to the human population by direct contact with infected people's blood, secretions, organs or other body fluids and contaminated surfaces and materials (such as bedding, clothing)."

At the Nongo ebola treatment centre in Conakry, Guinea, a health worker walks towards patients under quarantine.
At the Nongo ebola treatment centre in Conakry, Guinea, a health worker walks towards patients under quarantine.

Declaring an outbreak

In the aftermath of the three deaths, the country has now declared an Ebola outbreak again, triggering a statement from the World Health Organisation.

"The Guinean government has declared an Ebola epidemic in response to this situation and in accordance with international health regulations," the Guinean Ministry of Health said.

"The government reassures people that all measures to stop this epidemic are being taken as soon as possible."

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, discussed the outbreak on her Twitter page, calling it "very concerning."

In West Africa, an area that suffered so much from Ebola in 2014, @WHO is stepping up preparation & response efforts to this possible resurgence of #Ebola," she tweeted."

The Vaccines

Officials said, according to the BBC, that newly produced vaccines would be procured through the WHO.

A global emergency stockpile of 500,000 ebola vaccines is available.

Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, said, "A Gavi-funded global emergency stockpile of Ebola vaccines will be accessible to all countries following a procurement process concluded by UNICEF."

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