The latest outbreak was the first to emerge in Guinea since a fatal epidemic from 2014 to 2016 that killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa. It is originally from the same region before spreading to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The last epidemic in Guinea was declared on February 14 after the detection of three cases in Gouécké, a rural community in the south of the prefecture of N’zérékoré. There have been 16 confirmed cases and seven probable cases.
“I congratulate the affected communities, the government and people of Guinea, health workers, partners and all those whose dedicated efforts have made it possible to contain this Ebola epidemic,” said the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“Based on lessons learned from the 2014-16 epidemic and through rapid and coordinated response efforts, community engagement, effective public health measures and equitable use of vaccines, Guinea has succeeded in controlling the epidemic and preventing its spread beyond its borders. ”
The United Nations has said it will continue to provide post-illness care.
“We must remain vigilant”
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said lessons learned from the latest outbreak meant Guinea had managed to contain the virus in just four months.
But she warned that vigilance must remain.
“We are getting faster, better and smarter in the fight against Ebola. But while this outbreak is over, we must remain vigilant for a possible resurgence and ensure that Ebola expertise extends to other health threats such as COVID-19. “