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GUINEA DECLARES EBOLA OUTBREAK AFTER THREE DEATHS


15 Feb 2021


KUALA LUMPUR: Health authorities in Guinea announced they are battling an Ebola outbreak on Sunday after at least three people died from the deadly disease, reported United Press International (UPI).

Officials with the West African nation's Ministry of Health said in a Facebook post they have counted at least seven suspected cases of the virus among participants of a nurse's funeral on Feb 1 in Nzerekore Prefecture, near the northern Liberia border.

Two women and a man among those cases have since died, the ministry said, adding their deaths have been confirmed Ebola-related after their samples were shipped to be tested and returned positive, Guinea's Health Ministry said.

The suspected cases were exhibiting symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting and bleeding, it said.

In response to this situation and in accordance with the international health regulations, the Guinean government declares an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Nzerekore Prefecture, it said.

Guinea is believed to have been ground zero of the West Africa Ebola outbreak of 2014 to 2016 that saw 28,652 people sickened with the virus, including 11,325 people who died from the disease, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. -Bernama