AFRICA/GUINEA - Outbreak of Ebola: "There is no treatment or vaccine, the priority is to isolate suspected cases"

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Conakry (Agenzia Fides) - Guinea has received confirmation that a mysterious disease that has killed up to 60 people in the West African country, and may have spread to neighboring Sierra Leone, is the hemorrhagic fever Ebola. It is a rare and serious disease that spreads rapidly through direct contact with infected people and animals, and with their secretions such as blood, urine, breast milk, it is often fatal. The latest outbreak killed dozens of people in the summer of 2012 in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since its discovery in 1976, there have been about 2,200 cases. Of these, 1,500 have been fatal.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was reinforcing its medical and logistics teams in Guinea in response to the epidemic.
It is also flying in 33 metric tons of medicines and equipment and is setting up isolation units in Guéckédou and is preparing another in Macenta, in southern Guinea.
Mobile teams are also analyzing the situation in Kissidougou and Nzérékoré and monitoring neighboring Countries. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 29/03/2014)