Posted: Sunday 8th June 2014 at 12:42 pm

Ebola virus kills 215 in Guinea


The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday said the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has claimed 215 lives in Guinea.

The WHO said from June 2 -3, 11 new cases (eight confirmed, one probable and two suspected) and three new deaths were reported from Conakry (seven new cases and one death), Gueckedou (two new cases and one death), Telimele (one new case and 0 deaths), and Boffa (one new case and one death).

 
A release by the WHO which was copied to  Ghana News Agency said this brings the cumulative total number of cases and deaths attributable to EVD in Guinea to 344 (207 confirmed, 81 probable, and 56 suspected cases) including 215 deaths.

It said the geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Conakry, 65 cases and 27 deaths; Gueckedou, 193 cases and 143 deaths; Macenta, 44 cases and 26 deaths; Dabola, four cases and four deaths; Kissidougou, seven cases and five deaths; Dinguiraye, one case and one death; Telimele, 23 cases and five deaths; and Boffa, seven cases and four deaths.

The release said, in terms of isolation, 31 patients are currently hospitalised – six in Conakry, nine in Gueckedou, 15 in Telimele, and one in Boffa.

It said the number of contacts currently being followed-up countrywide is 987 distributed as follows: Conakry, 329 contacts; Gueckedou, 323 contacts; Macenta, 176 contacts; Telimele, 104 contacts; and Boffa, 55 contacts.

On Sierra Leone the release noted that between June 2-5, nine new suspected cases were reported bringing the total number of EVD clinical cases to 81 (31 confirmed, three probable, and 47 suspected), including six deaths.

It said Kailahun district is the epicentre of the outbreak in Sierra Leone; adding that 11 cases are currently in isolation at Kenema Hospital.

The release said the number of contacts currently being followed-up is 30, however, community resistance is hindering the identification and follow-up of contacts.

It said in Liberia, there have been no new confirmed cases since April 6.

It said 11 contacts (five health-care workers and six community relatives) are currently being followed-up.

It noted that these contacts are of the probable case from nearby Kailahun, Sierra Leone who died in Foya, Liberia, adding that the dead body was taken back to Kailahun for burial.

The release said the total number of cases is subject to change due to reclassification, retrospective investigation, consolidation of cases and laboratory data and enhanced surveillance.

It said WHO and partners continue to support the implementation of preventive and control measures in affected countries.

 
The release said WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone based on the current information available for this event.

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