TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Researchers review Ebola's epidemiology in Guinea

Researchers have conducted epidemiological studies of the Ebola virus disease throughout Conakry and its nearby prefectures in Guinea.

The first reports of Ebola in 2014 came from three southeastern prefectures in West Africa’s Guinea. The virus quickly spread throughout West Africa to infect many regions. The scientists show that the epidemiology of Ebola from Conakry, the capital of Guinea, and the surrounding four prefectures of Dubreka, Coyah, Kindia and Forecariah took place throughout the year of the Ebola epidemic.

Approximately 40 percent, or 1,355 Ebola cases, originated in the above regions. Forecariah showed the largest cumulative number of cases, amounting to a number that is four times more than Conakry’s case incidence.

The death rates from Ebola varied from Conakry’s 40 percent to Kindia’s 60 percent. The summarized evidence was slightly more for males than females living in the areas. Despite this, the incidences varied by sex in each prefecture and commune.

Throughout the year 2014, Conakry and its nearby prefectures were the center of the epidemic in Guinea. These regions continue to show rates of transmission as it is the last place that the epidemic continues. This region needs ongoing public health vigilance to bring the virus under control and eliminate Ebola.

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