Ebola outbreak: 9 killed, 14 infected in Guinea, DR Congo
Published: 01:12 PM, 23 February 2021
Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have reported nine Ebola virus deaths and 14 cases so far, confirmed Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Monday.
The Africa CDC reported a fatality rate of 64.3 percent in the two countries.
According to Africa CDC, one new case was confirmed with two new deaths, but no new recoveries have been reported in DR Congo since the last report.
“Three new suspected cases were reported in N’zerekore, Guinea,” the organization said.
The Africa CDC – which emphasized the number of Ebola cases and deaths – stressed that the official figures showed that the Congo had seven cases and four deaths while Guinea had seven cases and five deaths.
“Neither of these two countries has so far reported recoveries,” the African health agency added.
New outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus in the two African countries are sending new fears among the Africa nations as the continent is still struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Africa CDC last week announced that it would deploy an emergency response support team of experts in Guinea to help the country fight the new Ebola outbreak.
Ebola is a highly contagious hemorrhagic fever that causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding. The virus outbreak in West Africa claimed over 11,300 lives with 28,600 recorded cases in 2014-2016.