WHO Update: a new Ebola flare-up in Guinea
On 17th March WHO declared Sierra Leone Ebola-free. On the same day, a new flare-up of Ebola was confirmed in neighboring Guinea.
In particular, the flare-up has originated in the village of Koropara and it is feared to be spreading in the prefecture of Nzérékoré, which is located in the southern part of the country. The total number of probable and confirmed deaths is, as of last week, 5, but 816 suspect contacts have been identified and are currently under medical monitoring.
The sub-prefecture of Koropara had already experienced an Ebola outbreak in 2014 (from October to December) and Guinea had officially been declared Ebola-free at the end of 2015. In order to manage the current flare-up, the country has reactivated the already-existent emergency coordination mechanism, which had been adopted during the last Ebola outbreak in the prefecture of Nzérékoré. An inter-agency response to the outbreak is being implemented and WHO, in particular, has already sent a team of experts, including epidemiologists, vaccinators, infection prevention and control specialists to the country.
WHO has declared that re-emergence of Ebola cases is likely to occur and it is therefore of vital importance to keep risk countries’ capabilities of dealing with further outbreaks strong and effective.
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