Health Officials Rush To Respond As Ebola Re-Emerges In Africa
Kanak, 16 February (Reuters) – The World Health Organization Has asked six African countries to be potentially cautious Ebola Transition, as Guinea Tuesday reported new cases and the Democratic Republic of Congo Stated that its new infections were a revival of previous outbreaks.
Guinea declared the virus outbreak on Sunday in the first withdrawal of the disease after the 2013–2016 outbreak, while Congo has confirmed four new cases this month.
Health officials raced to respond to the cases in Guinea, eager to prevent a recurrence of a previous outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,300 people, mostly Guinea, Sierra Leone and worst in Liberia. Ebola Epidemic On the record.
WHO’s Margaret Harris was quoted as saying in a Geneva briefing on Tuesday, “We have already alerted six countries, including Sierra Leone and Liberia, and they are very fast forward to getting ready and ready and to see any possible infection.” Are increasing. “
Guinea’s neighbors include Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
So far 10 suspected cases have been registered in Guinea Ebola And five deaths. The health ministry said on Tuesday, since it announced the outbreak on Sunday, it has identified 10 cases in the southeastern city of Najrekor and the capital Konakari.
Gene sequencing Ebola According to the WHO, samples from both Congo and Guinea are being made to learn more about the origin of the outbreaks and to identify strains.
As a result, Congo has confirmed that its latest cases are not related to a new one. Ebola Vary but represents the resurgence of its tenth outbreak, the second largest on record that caused more than 2,200 deaths in 2018–2020.
“As an infection, we are not yet able to identify its origin,” said Provincial Health Minister Eugene Nezanu Salita, referring to how the sick person has to fall in this resurgence.
Since destructive Epidemic In West Africa, the development of vaccines and treatments has greatly improved survival rates and control efforts.
The outbreak of the disease could affect the region’s funded health systems that are also battling a coronovirus epidemic. Ivory Coast, Mali and Sierra Leone have launched plans to prevent any possible proliferation and reinforced border controls.
Ebola The virus can cause severe bleeding and organ failure and is spread by contact with body fluids. It has a much higher mortality rate than COVID-19, but unlike coronaviruses it is not transmitted by asymptomone carriers.
(Reporting by Emma Farge and Emma Thomson in Geneva, Saliau Samb in Conquerie and Fiston Mahamba in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Goma and writing by Alessandra Prassis Editing by Hayward Holland, Alison Williams, Bette Felix and Nick McPhee)
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