Ebola situation in Guinea changing rapidly with threat of spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone

With the confirmation of 5 cases of Ebola virus infection in Conarky, the total number of cases in Guinea has increased to 103, including 66 deaths. Today 15 new suspected cases were reported in Guinea (8 in Guekedou and 2 in Macenta, in addition to the 5 cases in Conakry). About two thirds of the cases have died. While all ages have been affected, most of the cases are between 15 and 59 years old. Four health care workers have died after exposure while caring for infected patients.

In Liberia, there are reports of 8 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, while Sierra Leone has reported 6 suspected cases including 5 deaths. All of these people had travelled from the Guekedou district in Guinea. Investigations into these suspected cases are on-going.

The risk for the general traveller remains low, but there is no treatment or vaccine for Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Any traveller in the affected area should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals (such as washing the body) for deceased patients, during close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or during contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons in hospital settings.

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