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Ebola epidemic announced in Guinea

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The government of Guinea, located in western Africa, officially announced the beginning of the Ebola epidemic in the country on February 14. It is reported by the news portal Guinee114.

A declaration published by the government of Guinea says that after the funeral of a nurse who died of Ebola on February 1, seven people have been found with symptoms of Ebola - vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding - in Nzerekore prefecture and Gueke region. Of the seven cases, three have already died. It is known that all seven people took part in the funeral. It is also known that one of the infected lives in the capital of the country - Conakry.

According to the requirements of international health regulations, the authorities of Guinea have declared the prefecture of Nzerekore and the Gueke region as epidemic zones.

Now anyone who is suspected by doctors of Ebola should be isolated. A special commission to investigate emergencies will go to the region. The procurement of Ebola vaccine from WHO will also be accelerated.

WHO has already announced on 14 February that it will urgently use available resources to help Guinea.

Guinea previously became one of the centers of the Ebola outbreak in 2014-16, when the disease spread to several countries outside Guinea, including Liberia and Sierra Leone.During the epidemic, 11.3 thousand people died from Ebola, with a total number of cases of 28 thousand.

Also recently it became known that an Ebola outbreak was detected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - in the east of the country, starting from February 1, four infected have been identified.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is an acute viral disease that spreads very easily. The mortality rate is on average 50 percent of the number of cases. Bats (flying dogs and foxes) are considered natural carriers. The virus was first identified in the DRC (then Zaire) in 1976.

Russia has developed a vaccine and a range of drugs against Ebola. Also, vaccines against it have been created in the USA and Europe.

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