Guinea Declares Outbreak of Ebola

The West African nation, Guinea, has declared an Ebola epidemic after 7 infections and 3 deaths in the Southeast part of the country.

The 7 people who contracted the virus —after attending a funeral in Goueke — fell ill with diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. They have since been isolated in treatment centers.

Guinea’s Health Minister Remy Lamah said officials were worried about the deaths which occurred for the first time since the 2013-2016 Epidemic killed 11,300 people across West Africa. With most of the cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Guinea’s health agency, ANSS said a second round of tests is being carried out to confirm the diagnosis, while health workers begin tracing and isolating contacts of the cases.

The country is set to contact the World Health Organization and other international health agencies to acquire Ebola vaccines.

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