New outbreaks have been reported in the town of Gouécké (Guinea), killing 3 people (2 women and 1 man).
These three were among a group of seven who attended a nurse’s funeral on February 1. Then, they showed symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding.
All groups of 7 people above have been confirmed to have Ebola. The remaining four are on quarantine.
Ebola can cause fever, aches, and fatigue before progression, and cause vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding. On average, Ebola’s mortality is around 50%.
Ebola is spread through the body fluids of sick or deceased people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some body fluids – like semen – can still transmit the virus after an infected person has recovered from the illness.
Infected animals, such as bats or primates, can transmit the virus to humans and cause new outbreaks.
Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, assistant professor of medicine in infectious diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina, said: “The Ebola outbreak is very worrying. We’re still working on the consequences of the last outbreak. ”
Ms. Kuppalli was the medical director of an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone during the 2014-2016 outbreak.
The latest outbreak in Guinea is the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa since 2016.
The government of Guinea has said it is rushing to avert the new epidemic by building a new Ebola treatment center and accelerating the distribution of the Ebola vaccine.
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization’s Africa Regional Director, said on Twitter that she was “very concerned” about the new outbreak and that WHO is also “strengthening its readiness and response efforts. . “
Since 2016, Ebola outbreaks have only appeared in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Central Africa). There was a particularly lethal episode from summer 2018 to summer 2020. More than 2,000 people died during that outbreak.
Congo reported a new Ebola outbreak last week. It does not appear to be related to the new cases of Guinea.
According to BI