Scientists recently discovered a new cluster of the Ebola virus in Guinea, as there were three unexplained deaths in Korokpara village, located in N’Zerekore prefecture, during the last few seeks.
Health authorities conducted investigations to learn that there were four close contacts between relatives who showed Ebola symptoms. Two of them, a mother as well as her five-year-old son, were confirmed to have the disease on March 18. They are now in a treatment facility.
The third patient is a young girl who died at the Ebola treatment center located in N’Zerekore on March 12.
Unfortunately, a man died from the virus in Macenta prefecture. The man was originally from the Korokpara village. He was a high-risk contact who went to Maenta to ask a healer about his positive test for Ebola. His contacts bring the probable and confirmed deaths to approximately five.
Since March 22, there were 816 identified contacts located within 107 households. All of these people lived in the immediate vicinity in Korokpara and the households with the disease. Over 100 of these people are at high risk for developing the disease.
This news is on the heels of Sierra Leone announcing that it is free of the Ebola virus. West Africa also recently announced that it is free of the disease.