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Resurgence of Ebola virus in Guinea.

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Guinean health authorities announced that eight people have been tested for the Ebola virus. Three of them have died. The resurgence of the Ebola virus in the West African country of Guinea prompted the government to conduct an emergency meeting. Back in 2013 till 2016 the virus killed more than 11,300 people. The virus never managed to spread around the World, and remained mostly confined in Guinea, and a number of neighboring countries.

Very early this morning, the Conakry laboratory confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus.

Sakoba Keita

Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976. The Ebola virus causes serious illness which if left untreated will kill the host in a matter of weeks. The virus is considered to be infectious, but not that contagious since it cannot be transmitted through the air. It’s only way of transmission is through contact with bodily fluids infected with the virus. When it enters human cells it starts copying itself fast. It does this by first copying all of its proteins than its genetic material. The symptoms includes weakness, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, aches, red eyes, chest pain and bleeding.

The virus is in an epidemic level. World Health Organization (WHO) representative Alfred George Ki-Zerbo said that help is on its way to contain the virus quickly and treat those ill.

We are going to rapidly deploy crucial assets to help Guinea, which already has considerable experience [treating the disease]. The arsenal is stronger now and we will take advantage of that to contain this situation as fast as possible. The WHO is on full alert and is in contact with the manufacturer [of a vaccine] to ensure the necessary doses are made available as quickly as possible to help fight back.

WHO representative Alfred George Ki-Zerbo

No cases have been yet detected in Liberia, but the President George Weah said that the Liberian health authorities were put on heightened alert.


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