Ebola out­break in Guinea un­prece­dented – MSF

Daily Trust - - AFRICA -

The Ebola out­break that has killed 78 people in Guinea is “un­prece­dented”, a med­i­cal char­ity has said.An of­fi­cial with Medecins Sans Fron­tieres (MSF) said the spread of the dis­ease across the coun­try made it very dif­fi­cult to con­trol.

The West African state is fac­ing a bat­tle to con­tain the out­break af­ter cases were re­ported in ar­eas that are hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres apart.

Ebola is spread by close con­tact and kills be­tween 25% and 90% of vic­tims.

“We are fac­ing an epi­demic of a mag­ni­tude never be­fore seen in terms of the dis­tri­bu­tion of cases,” Mar­i­ano Lugli, a co-or­di­na­tor in Guinea for the aid group said. “This ge­o­graph­i­cal spread is wor­ri­some be­cause it will greatly com­pli­cate the tasks of the or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to con­trol the epi­demic,” Mr Lugli added.

The out­break of Ebola had cen­tred around Guinea’s re­mote south-east­ern re­gion of Nz­erekore but it took the au­thor­i­ties six weeks to iden­tify the dis­ease. It has now spread to neigh­bour­ing Liberia, as well as Guinea’s cap­i­tal, Con­akry, which has a pop­u­la­tion of two mil­lion people.

Sene­galese singer Yous­sou Ndour can­celled a con­cert in Con­akry on Satur­day be­cause of the out­break.

Al­though he had al­ready trav­elled to the city, he told the BBC it would not be a good idea to bring hun­dreds or thou­sands of people to­gether in an en­closed area.

Fig­ures re­leased overnight by Guinea’s health min­istry showed that there had been 78 deaths from 122 cases of sus­pected Ebola since Jan­uary, up from 70. Of these, there were 22 lab­o­ra­tory con­firmed cases of Ebola, the min­istry said. Liberia has recorded a to­tal of seven sus­pected and con­firmed cases, in­clud­ing four deaths, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) said.

Liberia’s Health Min­is­ter Wal­ter Gweni­gale on Mon­day warned people to stop hav­ing sex be­cause the virus was spread via bod­ily flu­ids.

The first two Liberians con­firmed as dy­ing from Ebola were sis­ters, one of whom had re­cently re­turned from Guinea. Sierra Leone has also re­ported five sus­pected cases, none of which have been con­firmed yet, while Sene­gal, an­other neigh­bour of Guinea’s, has closed its land bor­der. Out­breaks of Ebola oc­cur pri­mar­ily in re­mote vil­lages in Cen­tral and West Africa, near trop­i­cal rain­forests, WHO says.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.