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Case in Ivory Coast: Ebola outbreak worries WHO

Status: 08/15/2021 4:01 am

The first Ebola outbreak in 25 years occurred in Ivory Coast, West Africa. A young woman from neighboring Guinea is the victim. The WHO called the case “very worrying.”

For the first time in 25 years, an Ebola outbreak has occurred in Ivory Coast. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the case was reported from the Ivorian metropolitan area of ​​Abidjan. Ivory Health Minister Pierre Temba told state television broadcaster RTI that the positive pattern came from an 18-year-old man from neighboring Guinea. According to the WHO, he arrived on August 12 and is currently in hospital with a fever. The Minister stressed that this was an isolated and imported case.

WHO: “Most relevant”

WHO Africa Regional Director Matsidiso Moiti said the outbreak was “extremely worrying” in the metropolitan area of ​​four million people. However, there is knowledge and methods against Ebola on the continent and Ivory Coast may benefit from it.

The WHO says there is no evidence that the case was linked to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea earlier this year. As of June 19, the WHO has officially declared the second Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Most recently, there was the life-threatening Marburg fever. According to the WHO, it is the first disease in West Africa.

Ivory Coast is vaccinated

It is now possible to get vaccinated against the Ebola virus. According to Health Minister Temba, his country already has the vaccine. The WHO says 5,000 doses of the Ebola vaccine will be brought to Ivory Coast to fight the epidemic in Guinea.

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Ivory Coast borders Guinea and Liberia, which were hit by severe Ebola epidemics in 2014 and 2016. Nevertheless, no infection has been found in Ivory Coast since 1994. At that time, a scientist became infected with chimpanzees.

Ebola patients suffer from fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, internal bleeding and eventually organ failure. It is spread through direct contact with the body fluids of the infected person. According to the WHO, the death rate from previous Ebola outbreaks ranged from 25 to 90 percent.