The first Ebola outbreak in Cote d’Ivoire since 1994 has been declared

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The first case of Ebola in Cote d’Ivoire since 1994 has been confirmed by the country’s health ministry.

The virus was discovered in samples obtained from a patient who was hospitalized in Abidjan after arriving from Guinea, according to the Institut Pasteur.

The individual traveled by road to Cote d’Ivoire and arrived in Abidjan on August 12th. After developing a fever, the patient was admitted to the hospital and is currently undergoing treatment.

After four months, the Ebola outbreak in Guinea was declared ended on June 19, 2021, and there is no evidence that the recent case in Cote d’Ivoire is linked.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, voiced alarm about the outbreak in Abidjan, which has a population of almost four million people.

“Much of the world’s knowledge in combating Ebola is here on the continent, and Cote d’Ivoire can draw on that experience to speed up the response,” he said.

Moeti recalled that his country was one of six that the World Health Organization recently aided in improving their Ebola preparedness.

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The official went on to say that this swift diagnostic proves that being prepared pays dividends.

Following an agreement between the neighbors, at least 5,000 Ebola vaccinations that the WHO helped secure to combat the outbreak in Guinea are being sent to Cote d’Ivoire.

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