Ebola outbreak in Guinea declared over

Guinea managed to control the outbreak and prevent its spread beyond its borders, said the WHO chief.

The Ebola outbreak in Guinea that started in February infected 16 people and killed 12 has been declared over by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Learning lessons from the 2014-16 outbreak and through rapid, coordinated response, health authorities were able to swiftly contain the resurgence of the virus which causes severe bleeding and organ failure and is spread through contact with body fluids.

The Ebola outbreak in 2014-2016 killed 11,300 people, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

“Although this Ebola outbreak flared up in the same area as the West Africa one which killed 11 000 people, thanks to new innovations and lessons learned, Guinea managed to contain the virus in four months,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “We are getting faster, better and smarter at fighting Ebola.

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