Ebola – Guinea

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Ebola – Guinea

Ebola virus disease – Guinea
WHO – Disease outbreak news
17 February 2021
On 14 February 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea informed WHO of a cluster of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases in the sub-prefecture of Gouécké, Nzérékoré Region, Guinea between 18 January and 13 February 2021. The cases showed symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding after attending the burial of another relative (a 51 year-old nurse) on 1 February 2021…

Public health response
On 14 February 2021, following the declaration of the EVD outbreak, the MoH of Guinea convened a crisis meeting. The MoH , WHO, Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners, have initiated measures to control the outbreak and prevent further spread…

WHO support for the Guinean authorities
:: WHO will help supply vaccines, therapeutics, reagents and personal protective equipment.
:: WHO will be part of the partner coordination.
:: WHO will be involved in all pillars of the response, and will help to strengthen response in each area
WHO will recruit and deploy human resources to N’Zérékoré region to support investigation, contact tracing and vaccination.
:: In coordination with partners, WHO will work to reinforce risk communication and community engagement by deploying communicators and socio anthropologists.
:: WHO will provide logistic support, hygiene kits and IPC materials, where they are needed.

WHO risk assessment
WHO considers the risk of spread in the country as very high given the unknown size, duration and origin of the outbreak; potentially large number of contacts; potential spread to other parts of Guinea and neighboring countries; limited response capacity currently on the ground; and unknown virus strain. In addition, there are ongoing challenges for the public health system due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and recent yellow fever and measles outbreaks.
WHO assess the risk for the region as high. The Nzérékoré Region of Guinea shares borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia, where EVD outbreaks occurred previously. Despite some movement restrictions across official border-crossings due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a significant proportion of cross-border movement continues to take place and poses a risk of EVD spread. It is therefore essential that neighboring countries assess their preparedness capacities and implement readiness/response measures…

More than 11,000 Ebola vaccines expected in Guinea this weekend
By Aaron Ross
February 18, 2021 DAKAR (Reuters) – Guinea expects to receive more than 11,000 Ebola vaccines this weekend, with more to follow, and inoculations could start as soon as Monday, a health ministry official and the World Health Organization said on Thursday.