WHO vaccinates 1,000 people in Guinea following new Ebola outbreak

The World Health Organization has vaccinated 1,000 people in Guinea in light of the country's recent Ebola outbreak. | Courtesy of Shutterstock

A recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea has put 1,000 people who may have been in contact with Ebola patients under medical surveillance by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

This is the first outbreak in Guinea since the original took place in December 2015.

WHO and local health authorities have worked to discover these contacts, vaccinating nearly 800 people with the VSV-EBOV vaccine that helped prevent Ebola infection in a study done by Guinea's Ministry of Health. In an attempt to cover all bases, the vaccine is administered to those in a strategy called the 'ring vaccination,' which includes vaccinating anyone that has come into contact with a confirmed Ebola case, and then anyone that has come into contact with that contact.

Since February, seven out of eight confirmed Ebola virus victims have passed; currently, the last living patient, an 11-year-old girl, is in a stable condition. WHO continues to combat the outbreaks with a team of 75 staff members that are ready to control outbreaks as soon as they occur.

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