Latest Ebola situation in Guinea and neighbouring countries

By the end of March, the Ministry of Health of Guinea had reported 122 possible cases of Ebola. Of these, 24 had positive laboratory confirmation. There have been 80 deaths. A total of 11 health care workers have probably been infected while caring for ill patients. Cases have been reported from Conakry, Guekedou, Macenta, Kissidougou, Dabola and Djingaraye. Over 400 close contacts are under investigation. Although both Libria and Sierra Leone have reported probable cases of Ebola in Guineans who travelled to these countries for medical treatment, there have been no reports of local spread in either country.

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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