Ebola outbreak in Guinea is over

June 22, 2021

The Ebola outbreak in the Republic of Guinea is over, according to a news release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The outbreak took place in N’Zérékoré Prefecture, which is the same area where the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak began. The new outbreak was announced on February 14, 2021.

Genetic sequencing of samples showed links between cases from this outbreak and from the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak.

“While it cannot be definitively concluded, the findings suggest the recent outbreak was caused by a persistent infection in a survivor from the West Africa outbreak. Transmission of the virus by a survivor more than five years after recovery demonstrates the need for research to better understand persistent Ebola virus infection and highlights the necessity for strong and ongoing survivor programs,” the CDC said.

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