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Date published: 15th, Feb 2021
Guinea, Conakry's health officials on Sunday confirmed that at least three people have lost their lives to Ebola. The first cases declared since it was one of three West African countries to fight the world's most deadliest epidemic which ended five years ago.
An additional four people are confirmed with Ebla, according to a statement from the ministry of health. All seven positive cases attended the funeral of a nurse in Goueke on Feb. 1 and later showed the symtoms of Ebola, said the ministry.
The Govermment has declared an Ebola epidemic and started contact tracing and isolating suspected cases. It has also sent health officials and emergency teams to support local teams in Goueke and has accelerated the procurement of Ebola vaccines from the World Helath Organization.
"I confirm it's Ebola. The results prove it, " Minister of Health, Remy told the Associated Press by phone.
The patients were tested for Ebola after showig symptoms of hemorrhagic fever and those who came in contact with the sick are already in quarantine, said the official.
Guinea's announcement comes one week after eastern Congo cofirmed it also had cases. The cases are not linked. Health experts in Guinea say these latest could be a major setback for impoverished nation, already battling another huge pandemic, which is COVID-19 and which is still recovering from the previous Ebola outbreak, which killed 2500 people in Guinea where it began. More than 11,300 people died in that outbreak which also hit the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone between 2014 and 2016.
To prevent the spread, the government should take a very quick decision to educate the general public on how to prevent yourself from getting infected with this disease. One reason the previous outbreak was so deadly was because the virus was not detected quickly and local authorities and the international community were very slow in acting against the virus.
Published on 15th, Feb 2021