Ebola transmission declared over in Guinea

Ebola transmission declared over in Guinea.
Ebola transmission declared over in Guinea. | Courtesy of the CDC

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that Guinea has been declared free of Ebola transmission.

This is a milestone in the outbreak mitigation efforts as the transmission period for all three countries heavily affected in this outbreak are now considered to be concluded.

“We must render homage to the government and people of Guinea who, in adversity, have shown extraordinary leadership in fighting the epidemic,” Dr. Mohamed Belhocine, WHO representative in Guinea, said. “WHO and its partners will continue to support Guinea during the next 90 days of heightened surveillance and in its early efforts to restart and strengthen essential health services throughout 2016.”

The outbreak is reported to have begun in Dec. 2013 in Guinea before spreading into Sierra Leone and Liberia, with sporadic cases appearing in seven other countries due to travel from affected areas. Despite transmission being declared as finished, affected countries and the international community will need to be prepared in the case of a reemergence of the virus and be able to mitigate any further spread of the disease.

The WHO is working with the governments of the affected countries to ensure that survivors of the disease are able to get medical and psychological care and to be able to access screenings for persisting virus samples in certain bodily fluids. There have been 10 Ebola flare-ups between March and November of this year.

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