The West African nation, Sierra Leone and Liberia both seem to have overcome their fierce clash with the deadly virus as near its end. But in Guinea, where Ebola hasn’t wreaked that much havoc, compared to the other 2 nations, is where the Ebola epidemic has not abated but remains stubbornly entrenched.
Since the death of Liberia’s last Ebola last March 27, it is now counting down the 42 days waiting period to be declared Ebola free. While, Sierra Leone has no record of new infections since Wednesday for the second time.
A nationwide lockdown indicated there wasn’t any hidden cases of the disease lurking there.
Ernest Bai Koroma, Sierra Leone’s president, broadcasted via radio on Thursday, “The battle to get to zero cases are truly on.”
Although, it is significantly difficult to detect a trend in Guinea. The WHO called the picture mixed after noting signs of improvement last week.
10 new beds were added by Doctors Without Borders, to its treatment center in the capital, Conakry, last week to treat more patients. About half of the Donka center’s 50 beds were full as of Tuesday night, according to Raphael Delhalle, the field coordinator of the group there.
Delhalle said, the outbreak in Guinea has followed this undulating trend for months and will likely continue.
Ebola has infected more than 25,000 people, since the first cases were identified in Guinea. The vast majority in West Africa, of those, more than 10,500 have already died.
Even though Guinea holds the record for the longest spread in Ebola, the country has registered so far the fewest cases. That’s primarily because Ebola has yet to explode in a major Guinean city, as it did in the capitals of Sierra Leone and Liberia, said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It still could, he warned, but more resources are now being focused on Guinea.
Although new measures are implemented to fight the outbreak, including requiring safe burials in hot spots and shutting any health center that finds an Ebola case. Ebola spreads through bodily fluids of the sick and dead, burials and clinics are two major cradles of infection.
A measure of whether an outbreak is under control, is determined how many new infections in people who were monitored as having contacts with the sick.
That figure is about 50 percent in Guinea, WHO said Wednesday.