Guinea Govt Confirms New Outbreak of Ebola
The government of Guinea has officially declared a new outbreak of Ebola. The head of Guinea's health agency, Sakoba Keita, said the country is experiencing an Ebola "epidemic situation", Deutsche Welle reports. Seven positive cases have been confirmed so far, including three deaths, he said. The World Health Organisation says the agency is already on the ground and will help with ramping up infection prevention and control of health facilities and other key locations.
Frederik van der Schrieck, Head of Mission for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Guinea, said his organisation is "rapidly putting together a team".
"We know from the past that the speed of response is important, to try to contain the transmission and provide treatment for people who have caught the disease. We also know that community engagement is vital, so we will be trying to get the right balance between responding quickly and taking steps to make sure the community is a willing and active participant in both prevention and response. Contact tracing and other community-based activities will be absolutely vital alongside treatment."
The news of the new outbreak came a day after WHO announced the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile to ensure quick responses to outbreaks.
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