GENEVA, 15 Feb – RIA Novosti, Elizaveta Isakova. The World Health Organization is aware of three confirmed cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Guinea, WHO is in contact with neighboring countries to prepare them for a possible response to the spread of the disease, the organization said.
Earlier, the Ministry of Health of Guinea announced the beginning of the Ebola epidemic in the sub-prefecture of Gueke in the southwest of the country. The action came after the country reported four Ebola deaths, according to authorities.
For the first time since 2016, three cases of Ebola infection have been reported in the laboratory in Guinea, according to WHO. According to preliminary investigation, the first victim of the disease was a nurse who died on 28 January. After her funeral, six people developed symptoms similar to fever. Two of them died, four more were hospitalized.
“WHO is supporting the authorities to build the testing, contact tracing and treatment infrastructure to kickstart the response,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.
WHO staff are already on site, including helping the Guinean authorities obtain the Ebola vaccine. Samples of confirmed cases were also sent to the Pasteur Institute in Senegal to determine the current strain of the virus.
Since the epicenter of the current Ebola outbreak lies in the border area, WHO has also begun working with the authorities in Liberia and Sierra Leone to prepare their testing and monitoring capabilities in health facilities. WHO is also in contact with the authorities of Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and other countries that may be at risk in the region.