Ebola epidemic declared in Guinea after three people die, four forced in isolation | World | NewsFebruary 16, 2021
Ebola symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting and fever affected a number of victims who attended a nurse’s funeral. The last epidemic which occurred between 2013-2016 killed 11,323 people mainly in Guinea and neighbours Sierre Leone and Liberia. Four people are currently in isolation as the country receives help from governments and NGOs around the world.
Sakoba Keita, head of Guinea’s Health Agency, confirmed the presence of Ebola in seven cases but feared there may be many more.
Mr Keita revealed one isolating patient escaped and was quickly found before they were put back into hospital.
It is believed the origin of this outbreak can be traced to a funeral after attendees reported Ebola symptoms.
It is not yet confirmed how the disease spread at the funeral but dead bodies can act as a disease vector.
It is believed the disease has a much higher fatality rate than COVID-19, with many dying from organ failure or dehydration.
According to the World Health Organisation, Ebola has a 50 percent death rate but has mainly hit African nations who have issues with healthcare.
The disease did not spread rapidly outside of Guinea and its neighbours but cases were found in the US and UK during the last wave of the epidemic.
An Ebola vaccine has been in production since the original outbreak in 2015 and has been proven to improve survival rates.