The authorities in Guinea are talking about a new epidemic of the Ebola virus now that people have died of Ebola for the first time in five years. Health Minister Remy Lamah reported that four people in the West African country have died of the virus and said he was “really worried”. During the 2013-2016 outbreak, which began in Guinea, more than 11,000 were killed throughout the region. The World Health Organization (WHO) pledged rapid aid to Guinea on Sunday.
A nurse fell ill at the end of January in the southeastern region of Nzerekore and was buried on 1 February. Eight people who attended her funeral showed symptoms shortly afterwards. Three of them have died, four are in hospital. Testing later showed that they had Ebola.
Guinea is not the only country in the region that is currently experiencing an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Liberian President George Weah is concerned and has asked the health authorities in his country to increase vigilance following the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Guinea. Preventive measures have been taken and supervision is being strengthened.
The WHO has looked at each new outbreak since 2016 with great concern, and regards the most recent in the Democratic Republic of Congo as an international emergency. On Sunday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wrote on Twitter that the UN Health Agency had been informed of two suspected cases of the fatal disease in Guinea.
On Sunday, the Democratic Republic of Congo reported that a fourth case of Ebola was discovered in North Kivu Province. The WHO confirmed a revival of the virus there on Thursday, three months after the Congolese authorities announced the end of the last outbreak in the country. The Democratic Republic of Congo has had to deal with multiple outbreaks of the very deadly disease. During the last outbreak, 55 out of 130 infected people died. Theres an experimental vaccine that can be used in outbreaks.