Health officials have released news reports that say the deadly Ebola virus is behind the mysterious illness which has left 60 people dead in the country of Guinea. Representatives have recorded nearly 80 cases of the mostly fatal infection since the outbreak first began in February. Sakoba Keita, the Guinea health ministry official, revealed that three of the virus samples that have been sent to France have indeed been confirmed as being deadly Ebola, while there are also three other suspected cases inside Guinea’s capital of Conakry.
Ebola virus has no known cure or any type of vaccine and it is extremely contagious. The infection is spread by close contact with individuals who are infected and ends up killing between 30 percent and 90 percent of the sufferers. Symptoms of Ebola include vomiting, diarrhea and both external and internal bleeding.
Ebola outbreaks seem to happen mainly in isolated villages in both West and Central Africa, in areas that are close to tropical rainforests, stated the World Health Organization. Even though the infection has never been chronicled as occurring in Guinea before now, in the last few years, there have been outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
Keita stated that the first official test results came in from Lyon on Friday and they informed everyone that the Ebola virus was the reason behind this outbreak. The faster health directors are able to get some sort of control on this, then hopefully that will lessen the case load and then the smaller the epidemic scale will be. At least that is the plan going in as strong as possible right now. He added that the Ebola epidemic was running rampant in the southern part of Guinea and has been since early February. As was mentioned above, it has left nearly 60 dead out of the 80 cases that have been acknowledged by medical services.
The health ministry official explained that medical workers were completely overwhelmed out in the field but they continue to fight hard against the epidemic with everything they have at their disposal but it was extremely difficult.
Even with the hardships, the majority of cases have been reported along the forest line of southern Guinea. The medical workers out there stated they have offered free treatment for any patient that wants it, although again there is no cure for Ebola. They also want the Guinea people to try and stay calm during this turbulent time, be sure to always wash their hands and report any suspected Ebola cases to the proper authorities.
The French medical aid charity Medecins sans Frontieres stated on Saturday it would attempt to fortify its medical team located in Guinea by sending in around 33 tons of isolation equipment and drugs from both France and Belgium.
Dr. Armand Sprecher, who is an epidemiologist and also an emergency physician working with MSF inside of Guinea, explained to the public that physicians were attempting to isolate any victims of the disease and closely watch individuals they had come in contact with while they had been sick.
Dr. Sprecher stated that this most recent epidemic could be contained if people acted in the proper way fast enough. Based on the history of Ebola virus outbreaks, people should plan for them to happen because they are going to.
Keita wanted to remind people that Ebola can also be spread from items that belong to either sick or deceased individuals or even by eating meat from diseased animals living in the wild. Health officials have released news reports that say the Ebola virus is behind the mysterious illness which has left 60 people dead in the country of Guinea. Representatives have recorded nearly 80 cases of the mostly fatal infection since the outbreak first began in February.
By Kimberly Ruble