Ebola Outbreak: Death Toll Rises to Five in Guinea Conakry

Ebola Outbreak:   Death Toll Rises to Five in Guinea Conakry

Guinea’s health agency reported on Monday that, at least five people have died of Ebola virus in Guinea, as the government and aid groups began to roll out their response to the outbreak. 

The Government announced the Ebola outbreak on Sunday, February 14 as the first case in West Africa since a 2013-2016 epidemic that left more than 11,300 dead in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The resurgence in Guinea started after the funeral of a nurse who was buried in country’s southeast on February 1. Authorities said seven people who took part in the funeral fell ill and tested positive for the Ebola virus. Four have died, while four others are in isolation.

The lady in question, considered as the first confirmed victim was a 51-year-old nurse, who died in late January. She  was from Nzerekore near the town of Gouecke in the forested south of the country.

Health official said two of the nurse's brothers who attended her funeral on February 1 have equally died.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana urges Guineans to stay calm since  all have been “set up structures to deal with this type of epidemic”.

No panic, let’s respect the sanitary instructions. Ebola will be defeated again,” he tweeted.

On his part, Health Minister Remy Lamah said on Monday that, Guinea had adequate  means to stop the resurgence of the virus.

In 2013, it took us months to understand that we were dealing with an Ebola epidemic while this time, in less than four days, we were able to do analysis and have the results,” Lamah said.

Our medical teams are trained and seasoned. We have the means to quickly overcome this disease.” He added

International organisations  including the International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and medical charity, said they were sending rapid response teams to the region to assist Guinea.

However, the first flight carrying experts and sanitary equipment arrived in Nzerekore on Monday, according to UN's Guinea office.



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