Guinea declares epidemic after Ebola kills 3
Published: 02:29 PM, 15 February 2021
The government in Guinea has declared an epidemic in the West African country after three people succumbed and four others were infected with the deadly Ebola virus.
Guinea's health ministry says seven people have fallen ill after attending a funeral near the Liberian border. “All seven had diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. They have been kept separate in the medical center.”
“In such a situation and as per the international health rules, the Guinean government is declaring an Ebola epidemic,” the ministry said in a statement.
Health Minister Remy Lamah said officials were “really concerned” about the deaths after the first Ebola outbreak between 2013 to 2016. At that time, the virus killed 11,300 people in West Africa.
Guinea’s state news agency ANSS said a second-stage test was being conducted to identify Ebola and health workers were working to track and isolate the victims.
Guinea is reportedly in contact with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international health organizations to get the Ebola vaccine. The survival rate of Ebola due to the vaccine has increased significantly in recent years.
“The recent outbreak of Ebola in Guinea is a matter of great concern,” said WHO’s Africa region director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.
Guinea’s health team is working to prevent the virus from spreading rapidly and preventing the infection, she said, adding: “The World Health Organization (WHO) is cooperating with the Guinean authorities to conduct tests, contact-tracing, build medical infrastructure and control the situation as a whole.”
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society officials Dr. Yuma Taido says it is unclear how humans came into contact with the virus.
Liberian President George Weah on Sunday warned health officials to be vigilant about the virus.