News December 29, 2015 at 04:41 pm

Guinea Declared Ebola-Free!

Abena Agyeman-Fisher | Editor-in-chief, F2FA

Abena Agyeman-Fisher December 29, 2015 at 04:41 pm

December 29, 2015 at 04:41 pm | News

Volunteers with the Guinea Red Cross meet with residents in the largest market in the Matoto suburb of Conakry, sharing messages on how people can protect themselves and prevent the spread of Ebola. Idrissa Soumare / IFRC
Ebola in Guinea

Volunteers with the Guinea Red Cross meet with residents in the largest market in the Matoto suburb of Conakry, sharing messages on how people can protect themselves and prevent the spread of Ebola. Idrissa Soumare / IFRC

After two years, the West African country of Guinea has finally been declared Ebola-free, according to the World Health Organization.

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Ebola first emerged in Guinea in 2013.

As Face2Face Africa previously reported:

After suffering from headache, fever, and bloody diarrhea, 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno died in December 2013 in Meliandou village. Days later, Philomene, his 3-year-old sister, and Sia, his pregnant mother, would also die, leaving behind heartbroken Father and husband Etienne.

Since then 2,536 people would die from Ebola in Guinea, with another 3,955 dying in Sierra Leone and 4,806 losing their lives to the virus in Liberia.

In order for a country to be declared Ebola-free, it has to pass two 21-day periods without a new infection.

While Liberia would be declared Ebola-free in May and Sierra Leone would declare its Ebola-free status in August, by that time, Guinea was still recording new infections.

That is why Guinea’s new status is especially significant and the WHO lauded Guineans for their “extraordinary leadership in fighting the epidemic.”

One Ebola survivor, Alama Kambou Dore, reportedly told AFP news, “It’s the best year-end present that God could give to Guinea, and the best news that Guineans could hope for.”

Still, officials warned Guineans to be especially careful.

“The coming months will be absolutely critical,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward from the WHO’s Ebola response team.

“This is the period when the countries need to be sure that they are fully prepared to prevent, detect and respond to any new cases.”

Guinea will likely celebrate its hard-won status with fireworks and concerts.

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