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Ebola transmission ceases in Guinea, say WHO

By BS MediaTwitter Profile | Published: Tuesday, 29 December 2015
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The World Health Organization have declared the end of Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea, where the worst Ebola hemorrhagic fever eruption in history began 2 years ago.

Guinea has entered a 90-day period of increased police work to ensure that any new Ebola hemorrhagic fever cases are found quickly.

More than 2,500 of the 11,300 people killed by the eruption died in the West African state; the others died in neighboring Liberia and Sierra Sierra Leone monetary unit.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) aforesaid it has been 42 years since the last person in Guinea confirmed to have the illness tested negative for Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus for a second time.

The patient - a baby girl, thought to be the eruption's youngest survivor - was discharged from hospital at the end of November, 2 weeks after testing negative for Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus for a second time, triggering the count toward Guinea's Ebola hemorrhagic fever-free status.

The announcement was followed by news of ceremonies planned for Wednesday, officiated by President Alpha Conde, attended by representatives from donor countries and organizations that helped resource the frontline response to the crisis, so much as the Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and the Centers for illness Control and bar (CDC) in the US.

Alama Kambou Dore, an Ebola hemorrhagic fever survivor, told AFP:

"It's the best year-end present that God could give to Guinea, and the best news that Guineans could hope for."

In addition to celebrating the important milestone, the ceremonies will pay tribute to the 115 health workers who gave their lives fighting Ebola hemorrhagic fever and the eight members of an Ebola hemorrhagic fever education team who were killed by hostile residents of Womey, a village in southeast Guinea.

Important milestone for West Africa's Ebola hemorrhagic fever fight

Guinea has now entered a 90-day period of increased police work to ensure that any new cases are found quickly before the illness can spread to other people.

Dr. Mohamed Belhocine, WHO representative in the West African country, says the UN health agency commends Guinea's government and people on their significant accomplishment in ending their Ebola hemorrhagic fever eruption.

He adds that efforts to support Guinea over the increased police work period will continue, and besides on the far side as the country rebuilds its health system in 2016.

Ending Ebola hemorrhagic fever transmission in Guinea Marks an important milestone in the West African eruption, as Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, explains:

"This is the first time that all three countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Sierra Leone monetary unit - have stopped-up the original irons of transmission that were responsible for starting this devastating eruption 2 years ago."

However, he emphasizes the need to "stay vigilant" to quickly stop any new "flares" in 2016.

Monitoring and portion Ebola hemorrhagic fever survivors

In addition to the original chain of transmission - which began in Gueckedou, Guinea in late December 2013 - there have been 10 "flares," or new small eruptions, of Ebola hemorrhagic fever between March and November 2015.

The Ebola hemorrhagic fever flares appear to have started in survivors, who face galore challenges as the virus can persist in their bodies for galore months, even when it has cleared from the bloodstream.

For example, there is evidence that live Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus can persist in a survivor's eye 2 months after recovery, and besides, that it can survive in men's room seed for 7-9 months.

Dr. Bruce Aylward, who is special representative of the director-general for the Ebola hemorrhagic fever Response at the WHO, says:

"The coming months will be perfectly critical. This is the period when the countries need to be sure that they are fully prepared to prevent, observe and respond to any new cases."

As well as keeping police work and eruption response teams in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Sierra Leone monetary unit through 2016, WHO and their partners will work with the governments of the three countries to support the thousands of survivors of Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus illness.

They will help with medical care and psychological support, screening for persistent virus, plus provide guidance to help Ebola hemorrhagic fever survivors return to their families and communities, and education to reduce stigma and minimize the risk of spreading the virus.

The support will be essential to help the three countries maintain their capacity to respond to any flare-ups of Ebola hemorrhagic fever piece they besides focus on reconstruction their health sectors and restart public health programs, particularly in maternal and child health.

Meanpiece, Medical News Today recently learned how scientists caterpillar-tracked Ebola hemorrhagic fever's entry and spread in Liberia to one source. Liberia suffered the highest number of deaths in the West African eruption.

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