End of Ebola transmission in Guinea

Today the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of Ebola transmission in the republic of Guinea. Forty- two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola disease tested negative for the second time. Guinea now enters a 90- day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.

“WHO commends the Government of Guinea and its people on the significant achievement of ending it Ebola outbreak.  We must render homage to the Government and people of Guinea who, in adversity, have shown extraordinary leadership in fighting the epidemic, “ says Mohamed Belhocine, WHO representative in Guinea. “ WHO and its partners will continue to support Guinea during the next 90 days of heightened surveillance and in its early efforts to restart and strengthen essential health services throughout 2016”

 

A milestone for the Ebola outbreak.

 

The end of Ebola transmission in Guinea marks an important milestone in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The original chain of transmission started two years ago in Gueckedou, Guinea in late December of 2013 and drove the outbreak which spread to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone and, ultimately, by land and air travel to seven other countries.

 

“This is the first time in all three countries – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone- have stopped the original chains of transmission that were responsible for starting the devastating outbreak two years ago, “ says Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “ I commend the governments, communities and partners for their determination in confronting this epidemic to get this milestone. As we work towards building resilient health care systems, we need to stay vigilant to ensure that we rapidly stop any new flares that may come up in 2016.”

 

In addition to the original chain of transmission, there have been 10 new small Ebola outbreaks (or flares) in between March and November 2015. These appear these appear to have been due

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