Ebola is an infectious disease that is transmitted from the infected body through his or her body fluids by a filovirus. In 2015, Guinea has been declared free of Ebola after the death of more than 2500 people from Ebola in the West African nation. This news was declared on 29 December 2015 by the World Health organization (WHO).
After two years of this epidemic, the people of Guinea are planning to celebrate such a tremendous achievement with concerts and fireworks. Ebola had caused the death of people in the West African state, and killed more than 9000 people in Liberia and Sierre Leone. Furthermore, Liberia is now the only country which is still battling with Ebola, the people are counting down the days until the elimination of the deadly disease.
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The announcement of the World Health Organization came 42 days after Guinea’s last patient was tested Ebola negative for a second time. The United Nation (UN) World Health Organization (WHO) is keeping Guinea under surveillance for 90 days; to make sure that there is no outbreak in the country again, related to Ebola.
The world’s worst outbreak of the disease commenced in Gueckedou, eastern Guinea in December 2013 before it reached Liberia, Sierra Leone and 7 other countries. Approximately more than 11,300 people died.
On the other hand, Liberia was declared Ebola free by WHO in September 2015 and Sierra Leone in November, but Liberia had had new Ebola patient cases every since the announcement. One of the Ebola survivor names Alama Kambou Dore told AFP news agency that, “It’s the best year-end present that God could give to Guinea, and the best news that Guineans could hope for.” However, people have to be very careful you can never be sure if the declaration is 100% accurate or not.
WHO has congratulated the Guinean government for showing so much will power and strength in fighting against Ebola, but they have also notified that there has been 10 new outbreaks of Ebola between March and November. WHO will continue to surveillance and maintain their Ebola response teams in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia throughout 2016.
Guinea has faced fewer cases than its neighboring country Liberia and Sierra Leone, yet the deadly disease had been lurking in Guinea for a longer period of time. In Liberia even though the country was declared safe twice, Ebola had come back.