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Guinea: Ebola Outbreak - Jan 2021

Status
Ongoing
Countries
Guinea
Disaster types
Epidemic

Health authorities in Guinea today declared an outbreak of Ebola in the rural community of Gouéké in N’Zerekore prefecture after three Ebola cases were confirmed by the national laboratory, marking the first time the disease has been reported in the country since an outbreak ended in 2016. Initial investigations found that a nurse from the local health facility died on the 28 January 2021. Following her burial, six people who attended the funeral reported Ebola-like symptoms and two of them have died, while the other four have been hospitalized. Guinea was one of the three most-affected countries in the 2014–2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak which was the largest since the virus was first discovered in 1976. (WHO, 14 Feb 2021)

Ebola vaccination of people at high risk kicked off today in Guinea as the emergency response was escalated to counter the spread of the virus that re-emerged in the country a little more than a week ago for the first time since 2016. (WHO, 23 Feb 2021)

As of 3 March, 17 cumulative cases (4 probable and 13 confirmed) have been declared and among those cases, eight have died (4 probable and 3/4 confirmed). Nine confirmed cases and two suspected case are currently in isolation in dedicated health care facilities in N'Zerekore and two have been released from the treatment centres in of Conakry and N'Zerekore. (IOM, 4 Mar 2021)

Cumulatively, 23 cases of EVD had been notified, including 16 confirmed and 7 probable cases; 2 people (1 confirmed and 1 suspected cases) are currently hospitalized at the ETC of N'Zérékoré. There was 1 new suspected case notified in N'Zérékoré. There are 12 EVD deaths recorded in total, including 5 confirmed and 7 probable cases; overall, 5 healthcare workers (HCWs) have been infected by the Ebola virus leading to 2 deaths (1 confirmed and 1 probable cases), and 9 people have recovered from the EVD. 97 EVD contacts are being followed up in N’Zérékoré and 5,125 people have been vaccinated. (IOM, 6 Apr 2021)