Guinea Declared New Ebola Outbreak on the 14th February, 2021.
On the 14th February 2020, the Health authorities in Guinea has declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the rural community of Gouéké in N’Zerekore after three Ebola cases were confirmed by the National Laboratory.
It was revealed that a nurse from the local health facility died on 28 January 2021. After 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.
This is the first resurgence of the disease there since the world’s worst outbreak in 2013-2016. The country’s ministry of health said “we are faced with this situation and in accordance with international health regulations, the Guinean government declares an Ebola epidemic”.
Guinea was one of the three most-affected countries in the 2014–2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak with over 11,000 death cases across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
“It’s a huge concern to see the resurgence of Ebola in Guinea, a country which has already suffered so much from the disease. However, banking on the expertise and experience built during the previous outbreak, health teams in Guinea are on the move to quickly trace the path of the virus and curb further infections,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa.
The ministry said health workers are presently tracing and isolating the contacts of the Ebola cases and will open a treatment centre in Goueke, which is less than an hour’s drive from Nzerekore.
However, fighting Ebola again will place additional strain on health services in Guinea as they also battle the COVID-19 pandemic.