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自2016年世界最致命的埃博拉疫情结束后,埃博拉病毒近日再现几内亚首。世卫表示 "非常担忧"。但它有多危险?


Guinea, a West African country, recently announced that it is experiencing an Ebola epidemic. There are currently 8 confirmed cases and 3 deaths in the country.This is another outbreak since the end of the epidemic in West Africa four years ago.

Because it kills half of the infected people on average, the Ebola virus is currently considered the deadliest virus in the world.It has caused more than 1 deaths.The epidemic spread from a community funeral in southeastern Guinea, the same area as the outbreak occurred in 1-2013.

So how dangerous is Ebola? What measures are the local government and WHO currently taking to control the epidemic?

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Ebola virus

The World Health Organization believes that the Ebola virus is transmitted from wild animals to humans, and then spread through human-to-human contact.

Symptoms: including fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, and some internal and external bleeding (such as bleeding gums or blood in the stool).

Incubation period: The incubation period from infection to symptoms is 2 to 21 days.


Traditional community funerals were another important source of infection in the early days.Because the body was touched, washed and kissed by many people.

How does the Ebola virus spread?

The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with infected people or the blood or body fluids (such as blood, feces, and vomit) of people who have died from Ebola.

The body of Ebola patients is highly contagious, and items contaminated by Ebola patients’ body fluids are also contagious.Medical staff are often infected while treating patients suspected of or who have died of Ebola virus.

Traditional community funerals were another important source of infection in the early days.Because the body was touched, washed and kissed by many people.

How does the current epidemic start?

The current outbreak is related to a funeral in the town of Goueké in southeastern Guinea. A local nurse died at the end of January and was buried on February 1.A few days later, the eight people who attended the funeral began to experience symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, bleeding and fever.

Three of the patients died, and the others have been quarantined and are being hospitalized.



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How does the government respond?

The Guinean government has set up a treatment center in Gouec and has ordered the tracking of the infected person.At the same time, WHO stated that it is coordinating measures including the distribution of Ebola vaccine and the provision of treatment support.The organization also stated that it will cooperate with the governments of neighboring countries in Guinea to increase vigilance.

Liberia and Sierra Leone have entered a state of high alert, but no new cases have yet been discovered.The President of Liberia (George Weah) has ordered health officials to “immediately participate in community work in towns and villages bordering Guinea, and strengthen measures to defend against Ebola.” Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed that they are new in the eastern part of the country. Add a fourth case of Ebola.

The WHO said that in order to closely monitor the situation, it has also contacted other countries in the region, including Mali, Senegal, and Côte d’Ivoire.

Is the Ebola virus as dangerous as before?

Untreated Ebola disease has a high mortality rate: on average, half of the infected people die.In previous outbreaks, the mortality rate ranged from 25% to 90%.

However, the WHO stated that it is now more adequately prepared than it was in 2013.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) stated in January that there are now two vaccines against the Ebola virus, and 1 vaccines are urgently stocked worldwide to quickly respond to future outbreaks.

BBC Africa editor Mary Harper said that the WHO and the countries themselves have learned lessons from previous outbreaks: “They are very good at tracking and isolating close contacts, so they are better prepared now than before. "

But she pointed out that epidemics often occur in remote areas with poor infrastructure: "These are challenging environments." Harper said, "Even if Africa is not particularly affected by the new crown pandemic, it is now at the same time. Facing the new wave of Ebola virus."

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