Four deaths from Ebola in Guinea, the first

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Four people have died of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, the first reported resurgence of the disease in West Africa, where the worst epidemic in the history of the virus (2013-2016) started, the minister said on Saturday. Guinean Health.

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“We are really concerned, there are already four deaths from Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the region of Nzérékoré (South-East), including two in Nzérékoré itself and two in the sub-prefecture of Gouéké”, in Forest Guinea, Minister Rémy Lamah told AFP.

“There is a nurse from Gouéké who fell ill towards the end of January. She died between January 27 and 28 and was buried on January 1er February in Gouéké ”, for his part explained the boss of the National Agency for Health Security (ANSS), Dr Sakoba Keïta, cited by the GuinéeMatin website.

“Of those who attended the funeral, eight people showed signs: diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. Three of them died and four others are hospitalized in Nzérékoré, ”he added.

According to him, a patient had “escaped”, but was found and was hospitalized in Conakry. Asked by AFP, Dr Keïta confirmed having made these remarks.

The head of the ANSS and the Minister of Health both indicated that the samples analyzed by a laboratory set up by the European Union in Guéckédou, in the region, had detected the presence of the Ebola virus.

The results of additional analyzes were expected in the coming hours.

“We have made all the arrangements, an alert team is on site to identify contact cases,” Minister Rémy Lamah told AFP, stressing that there had been “no resurgence since 2016 “.

“I am worried as a human being, but I remain calm, because we managed the first epidemic and vaccination is possible. There will be a crisis meeting tomorrow ”Sunday, he added.

Causing a sudden fever, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea, the Ebola virus was first identified in 1976 in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since then, this virus, for which there are two experimental vaccines, but no curative treatment, has spread terror in Africa several times.

Starting in December 2013 from Forest Guinea, before spreading to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, the epidemic in West Africa ended in 2016 after reaching 10 countries, including Spain and the United States. United, causing more than 11,300 deaths for some 28,600 recorded cases, more than 99% in Guinea (2,500 deaths), Liberia and Sierra Leone.

This toll, undervalued by the admission of the World Health Organization (WHO), is seven times higher in number of deaths than that accumulated during all previous Ebola epidemics since 1976.

The second most serious Ebola epidemic, the tenth recorded in the DRC, was declared in August 2018 in the east of the country. It officially ended in June 2020, with a toll of 3,481 cases and 2,299 deaths, according to the WHO.