SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

WHO provides update on Ebola virus in West Africa

The World Health Organization announced on Saturday that the Ministry of Health of Guinea has reported 143 cases of Ebola virus disease, including 86 deaths.

New cases have been reported from Conakry, Guekedouand Macenta. Reports of infected healthcare workers have not increased.

Investigations and contact tracing are still continuing, and laboratory support is being provided by Institut Pasteur Dakar, Senegal and a mobile laboratory in Guekedou.

WHO is working with the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network to send field laboratory support and experts to support disease response and containment in Guinea.

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia has reported 18 suspected cases and 2 confirmed cases of EBV. WHO is working with Liberia to increase its response activities and prevent the spread of the virus, including an increase of supplies, equipment, community education programs and social mobilization.

Mali reported four cases of suspected viral hemorrhagic fever, of which two are suspected to have come from Guinea. Rapid Response Teams have been deployed there to identify and treat the suspected cases.

Ministry of Health and Sanitation officials have visited the border of Sierra Leone and Guinea to educate border officials about prevention and response plans. Public health officers are visiting border communities to provide education and public awareness about the disease.

WHO does not recommend travel or trade restrictions for Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Mali. It is a rapidly changing situation, however, and the number of surveillance, tracing activities and laboratory investigations is subject to change.