A Ebola epidemic, which began in Guinea in February, infecting 16 people and killing 12, has been declared over, the health ministry and the World Health Organization said on Saturday.
Health officials were able to act quickly to tackle the resurgence of the virus, which causes severe bleeding and organ failure and spreads through contact with bodily fluids, following lessons learned from previous outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
“Based on the lessons learned from the 2014-2016 epidemic and through rapid and coordinated response efforts … Guinea has succeeded in controlling the epidemic and preventing its spread beyond its borders,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement.
The Ebola epidemic in 2014-2016 killed 11,300 people, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
GOOD NEWS from Guinea🇬🇳!
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– WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) June 19, 2021
Guinea declares end of Ebola epidemic that killed 12 – SABC News
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