Thursday 29 September 2016

WHO sends specialists to Guinea after latest Ebola cases

Published 18/03/2016 | 00:31

Guinea was declared free of Ebola on December 29
Guinea was declared free of Ebola on December 29

The World Health Organisation is deploying specialists to Guinea and the government is holding an emergency meeting after two new Ebola cases were confirmed.

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The cases were announced just hours after Sierra Leone officially heralded the end of its recent Ebola flare-up, again dashing hopes that the deadly disease was gone from West Africa.

The new cases occurred in a remote region of south east Guinea, 1,000km (620 miles) from the capital.

In a statement, WHO said Guinea officials reported three unexplained deaths in Koropara on Wednesday.

It said a mother and her five-year-old son then tested positive for the disease and were taken to a treatment facility.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed more than 11,300 people - mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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