Ebola. Ebola has returned to Guinea. February 2021
Feb 15, 2021
Volunteers medical team prepare to buy the body of an
Ebola victim. Conakry, Guinea. September, 2014.
Image: Mamadou Cellou Diallo/Anadolu Agency/Getty
Ebola is Back in Guinea and DRC
new Ebola outbreak has been declared in Guinea, marking the first
cases reported there since West Africa’s devastating outbreak ended
in 2016, WHO
people fell ill after attending the burial of a nurse on February
1, and at least 3 people have died, The
New York Times reports.
outbreak is “a huge concern,” but health authorities are
taking swift action to trace the virus and deploying key lessons
learned—and new interventions—from the previous outbreak, said WHO
Africa chief Matshidiso Moeti.
are now 2 Ebola vaccines—which were key to ending an outbreak in
the DRC last summer.
the DRC has also reported 4 new Ebola cases in a week
in Butembo, the epicenter of the previous outbreak, 7sur7.cd
reports. A cycle of violence and mass movement of people
in the region continues to be a concerning factor that could hamper
vaccines—which are not for routine use—are being deployed to both Guinea
and the DRC.