US News: WHO and Guinea announce the end of the second epidemic of Ebola in the country

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Cette deuxième épidémie d'Ebola a été rapidement vaincue par rapport à celle de 2013-2016. © Carol Valade, AFP This second epidemic of Ebola was quickly defeated compared to that of 2013-2016.

reappeared in February in Guinea, the Ebola haemorrhagic fever epidemic was eradicated from the country, announced on Saturday the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guinean Ministry of Health. The balance sheet of this last epidemic is 12 dead and 16 proven cases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guinean authorities officially announced on Saturday 19 June the end of

the second epidemic of Ebola in this country

, a few months after the reappearance of this disease. "Thanks to the lessons learned from the 2014-2016 epidemic and thanks to the quick and coordinated efforts, Guinea has managed to control the epidemic and to prevent its propagation beyond its borders," rejoiced in a Press Release Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of WHO.

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"I have the honor to speak on this day of declaration of the end of the Ebola virus disease" in Guinea, said, on his side, a head of WHO, Alfred Ki-Zerbo, during From an official ceremony to Nzerekore, in the southeast, where the disease reappeared at the end of January.

"I would like, on behalf of the Head of State (President Alpha Conde), declare the end of the resurgence of Ebola virus disease in the Republic of Guinea," said the Guinean Minister of Health, The general doctor Rémy Lamah.

Twelve Deads out of 16 confirmed cases

In total, 16 cases of contamination were confirmed during this last epidemic in Guinea and seven probable cases were also identified. Eleven patients survived and died, according to a WHO statement published Saturday. The text does not give the details of the dead among confirmed and probable cases. A previous balance sheet from the organization Thursday showed five deaths.

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The epidemic of 2021 was quickly defeated compared to 2013-2016. She was party at the time of this same forest guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Between the end of 2013 and 2016, the worst epidemic in the world since the identification of the virus in 1976 had killed 11,300 people, mainly in Guinea (2,500 deaths), Liberia and Sierra Leone, three of the poorest countries in the world. A sub-evaluated balance sheet, the same admission of WHO.

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