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Guinea's second Ebola outbreak officially over, WHO announces




Guinea's second Ebola outbreak officially over, WHO announces


The second Ebola outbreak in Guinea is officially over, the planet Health Organization announced on Saturday. The disease outbreak had erupted within the west African state on Valentine Day .

Marking the top of disease outbreak, WHO official Alfred Ki-Zerbo on Saturday said, "I have the honour of declaring the top of Ebola", reported press agency AFP. Zerbo was addressing a ceremony within the southeastern Nzerekore region where the disease surfaced at the top of January.

In its first deadly wave in 2013-2016, the Ebola outbreak killed 11,300 people in West Africa's Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone . The country is about to announce an end to the Ebola epidemic within the West African state this weekend, the health minister Remy Lamah said on Saturday.

Lamah, on Thursday, credited the speed of the health response for getting the outbreak in check .

Lamy confirmed the viral epidemic are going to be declared over on Saturday -- barring the invention of latest cases. The health minister was addressing a webinar hosted by the WHO.

The outbreak was officially confirmed in Guinea this year on Valentine Day , sending waves of panic and reminders from the deadly first outbreak.

Ebola may be a highly contagious haemorrhagic fever that causes a variety of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding.

The disease is transmitted through close contact with bodily fluids, and other people who accept or look after patients are most in danger .

In the second wave, a minimum of 16 people were infected by the disease and five died since February in Guinea, the WHO said. The disease is understood to possess made a comeback within the forested Nzerekore region within the southeast of the impoverished nation.

New outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus disease within the two African countries are sending fresh jitters to Africa because the continent remains grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Soon after the disease reappeared, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March called on all African countries to reinforce their cross-border surveillance efforts by mapping population movements to spot all potential crossing points where there's a risk of disease spread.
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