Ebola virus
Ebola virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Republic of Guinea free from Ebola disease.
A WHO statement obtained in Lagos on Wednesday said that 42 days had passed since the last Ebola patient tested negative twice to the disease.
“Guinea now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.
“WHO commends the Government of Guinea and its people on ending this Ebola outbreak,” the statement quoted Dr Abou Bekr Gaye, acting WHO Representative in Guinea,’’ as saying.
“We must continue to be vigilant to ensure that we rapidly detect and stop any new cases that may occur,’’ the statement said.
The statement explained that in the latest outbreak, seven confirmed and three probable cases of Ebola virus disease were reported between March 17 and April 6 in Guinea.
It added that three confirmed cases were reported between April 1 and 5 in a woman and her two children who had travelled from Macenta, Guinea, to Monrovia, Liberia.
“The source of infection in this latest outbreak is likely to have been due to exposure to infected body fluid from an Ebola survivor.
“The risk of additional outbreaks from exposure to infected body fluids of survivors remains,’’ the statement said.
The statement noted that WHO and partners were working with the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to help ensure that survivors had access to medical and psychosocial care.
It also said that survivors would be screened for persistent virus and would be counselled to help them integrate into family life.

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