Switzerland: WHO monitoring Ebola outbreaks in DRC and Guinea confirms spox

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The World Health Organisation is monitoring Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in Guinea confirmed a spokesperson in Geneva on Tuesday.

“We know now there are seven cases, three confirmed, four probable, in Guinea, and three of those have died. We have identified 115 contacts and the majority of those have been traced. That’s a 109. The contacts are in N’Zerekore but also in Conakry,” said spokesperson Margaret Harris in her video address at a bi-weekly UN virtual press briefing on Ebola outbreaks.

“We also have an outbreak going on in North Kivu. There is no connection between the two. We have not seen any evidence of any connection. But they are going on at the same time,” emphasised Harris.

New cases of Ebola were reported in the DRC on February 7, one week before the Guinea outbreak emerged.

“Normally the vaccination is done around reported cases and all sort of frontline workers. But again these are decisions that the local authorities make in terms of what their community needs, and also of course what is feasible, ” Harris explained.

An outbreak of Ebola in 2014 was the most widespread recorded to date, with some 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths, in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
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