More than 11,000 people died of the Ebola virus by 2016, and several new cases have now been confirmed in Guinea. The government in the West African country is already talking about an epidemic.
In Guinea, West Africa, the health authorities speak of an epidemic after several confirmed Ebola cases. The laboratory in Conakry has “confirmed the existence of the Ebola virus,” said the head of the national health authority, Sakoba Keïta, after an emergency meeting. There are seven confirmed cases, including three fatal. Health Minister Rémy Lamah had spoken of four Ebola deaths the day before. The first Ebola deaths since 2016 have occurred in the Nzérékoré region in the southeast of the country, Lamah told the AFP news agency on Saturday. “We are very concerned.”
The cases fuel fears of a new Ebola outbreak in West Africa, after at least 11,300 people died in the region’s worst outbreak from 2013 to 2016, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Progress in the fight against Ebola
Three new Ebola cases were recently reported from the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the Central African state only declared a major outbreak in the eastern part of the country to be over in June after almost two years and more than 2,200 deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) explained that the sporadic occurrence of individual cases after a major outbreak is not unusual.
High Ebola death rate
Guinea now wants to ask the WHO and other international institutions for help with the procurement of vaccines. Advances in vaccines and treatment options have greatly improved the chances of surviving Ebola in recent years. Ebola has a much higher death rate than Covid-19, but unlike the coronavirus, it is not transmitted by asymptomatic infected people.
Those affected suffer from fever, muscle pain, diarrhea as well as internal bleeding and ultimately organ failure. It is transmitted through direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person. The Ebola virus was first registered in 1976 in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is named after a river there.