New Ebola Cases Confirmed in Guinea

Created on Friday, 15 April 2016

The Government of Guinea has confirmed three new cases of Ebola in the country. The cases were reported in the region of Nzerekore, where the Ebola epidemic initially began in 2013. Prior to the new cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had already declared Guinea free from Ebola in December 2015.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that sporadic cases of Ebola are likely to re-emerge, as the virus can remain in bodily fluids of survivors for quite some time. Some scientists have gone as far as to claim that there is a risk that the Ebola virus may become an ever-present disease in West African society.

In response to the new cases, the WHO will send an emergency response team to Guinea to deal with the new cases. The team will include epidemiologists, surveillance experts, vaccinators and anthropologists, all of whom will work to investigate the origin of the new infections and identify, isolate, vaccinate and monitor all contacts of the new case and those who have died.

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