Traditional burial rites: The culprit behind the resurgence of Ebola in Guinea

Blindly following traditions can often be the downfall of many. That’s what’s happening in Guinea right now. The Ebola virus is starting to rear its ugly head again. People have seemed to have forgotten how contagious the disease is, that mere touching can often lead to getting infected.

In some countries like Guinea, touching the cadaver prior to its burial is a common practice. And so the infection is back. Albeit unlike what happened last year, the number of those infected so far are very few.

Guinea was one of the West African Nations hit hard by Ebola. The other two were Liberia and Sierra Leone. The official count of death was approximately 11, 000 people, health officials declared on Friday.

Last Tuesday an announcement was also made by the special government set up to eradicate the disease concerning eight confirmed Ebola cases treated in clinics.

“Today we have 27 sick in our treatment centers, including 18 confirmed cases,” the department’s spokesman Fode Tass Sylla told Reuters. “Yesterday alone we recorded five sick.”

Sylla announced that all new cases were transmitted through contact with a cadaver during funeral rites.

Liberia, one of the countries which suffered a lot during the height of Ebola breakout, announced that the country is now Ebola free, having gone for 42 days without any new case of Ebola.




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