SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

WHO reports Guinea has halted Ebola transmission

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that the Guinea has ended its Ebola transmission, as the last person who had the virus showed negative test results 42 days ago.

Now the nation will begin its 90-day period of enhanced surveillance as health care workers remain vigilant for any new cases of Ebola. It is important to identify cases before the disease spreads again.

“WHO commends the government of Guinea and its people on the significant achievement of ending its Ebola outbreak,” Dr. Mohamed Belhocine, WHO's Guinea representative, said. “We must render homage to the government and people of Guinea who, in adversity, have shown extraordinary leadership in fighting the epidemic. 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.”

This is a significant step forward in eliminating Ebola since the beginning of the outbreak.

“This is the first time that all three countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – have stopped the original chains of transmission that were responsible for starting this devastating outbreak two years ago,” Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO's regional director for Africa, said. “I commend the governments, communities and partners for their determination in confronting this epidemic to get to 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.”

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