The World Health Organization has announced the re-emergence of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea. The Guinean government also confirmed the resurgence of the pandemic.
The Guinean government said in a released statement, that a test carried out on two patients “revealed the presence of the Ebolahaemorrhagic fever virus” in their bodies. The statement also mentioned that there were three suspected cases.
the two victims were a couple. When locals noticed that they were showing symptoms of Ebola such as; vomiting and Diarrhea, they alerted the local health care services which confirmed the presence of the disease in their bodies. All 5 patients are reportedly from Korokpara town in the city of N’Zerekore, the second largest city in Guinea. This has spurred on fears of the disease spreading uncontrollably. The government however sought to assuage those fears by dispatching health authorities to curb the spread of the Ebola outbreak.
“The health authorities have taken appropriate measures to contain the spread of the disease,” the statement said.
This report comes on the same day the WHO declared Sierra Leone Ebola-free. A country is declared free of Ebola when there are no new occurrences of the diseases after 42 days. 42 days being twice the incubation period of the Ebola Virus. This is usually followed by a 90-day period of intensive surveillance to enable the swift tracking of new Ebola cases– if any– and to prevent it from spreading further.
Guinea, where the Ebola virus began in 2013 was also tagged Ebola-free in December 2015. Except Nigeria, other announcements of the end of Ebola in Sierra leone and Liberia have seen a reoccurrence.
The UN’s health agency, WHO has always emphasized that , “Sierra Leone, as well as Liberia and Guinea, are still at risk of Ebola flare-ups, largely due to virus persistence in some survivors, and must remain on high alert and ready to respond.”
The Ebola Virus disease has claimed more than 11,000 lives since it began in 2013.