Ebola claims two lives in Guinea days after WHO says risk declining

Two family members have died from Ebola in Guinea, the government said on Friday, two days after the World Health Organization said the region was "effectively managing" the virus.

Postmortems of the two family members in the area of Koropara in the N'Zérékoré prefecture revealed the presence of the hemorrhagic fever virus, the government said in a statement.

"Currently, there are two confirmed and three probable cases. To this end, the health authorities have taken appropriate measures to contain the spread of the disease outside this area," the statement said.

WHO said on Wednesday that all original chains of transmission in the epidemic have been halted, but that small flare-ups are anticipated due to virus persistence in the fluids and tissues of some survivors

"While the risk is declining as the virus clears from survivors, it still necessitates strong surveillance and response capacity," the organization said in a statement.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which started in Guinea in December 2013, was the largest in history, spreading to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

It also reached Europe and the United States, where isolated cases of the disease were reported.

More than 11,300 people have died since the outbreak started, while 28,500 have been infected, according to the WHO's latest figures.

Sierra Leone was declared free of Ebola transmission on November 7, Guinea on December 29 and Liberia on January 14.

Ebola, which was discovered in 1976 and is passed on through contact with blood and other bodily fluids, causes massive hemorrhaging and has a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent if left untreated. 

Last update: Fri, 18/03/2016 - 10:14
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