Cote d’Ivoire confirms first Ebola case in 25 years
A case of Ebola virus has been confirmed in Cote d’Ivoire for the primary time since 1994, the nation’s Ministry of Well being has confirmed. The World Well being Group (WHO) is coordinating the supply of vaccines to the nation.
In an announcement launched on Saturday, the Cote d’Ivoire nation workplace of the WHO mentioned that the virus was present in samples collected from a affected person who was hospitalized within the industrial capital of Abidjan, after arriving from Guinea.
Preliminary investigations discovered that the affected person had travelled to Cote d’Ivoire by highway and arrived in Abidjan on 12 August. The affected person was admitted to hospital after experiencing a fever and is at the moment receiving therapy.
Earlier this 12 months, Guinea skilled a four-month lengthy Ebola outbreak, which was declared over on the 19 June 2021. The WHO mentioned that there’s at the moment no indication that the present case in Cote d’Ivoire is linked to the Guinea outbreak, however added that additional investigation will determine the pressure, and decide if there’s a connection between the 2 outbreaks.
This 12 months Ebola outbreaks have been declared within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea, however it’s the first time an outbreak has occurred in a big capital metropolis similar to Abidjan because the 2014–2016 West Ebola outbreak.
“It’s of immense concern that this outbreak has been declared in Abidjan, a metropolis of greater than 4 million individuals,” mentioned Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Well being Group (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. “Nonetheless, a lot of the world’s experience in tackling Ebola is right here on the continent and Cote d’Ivoire can faucet into this expertise and convey the response to full velocity. The nation is likely one of the six that WHO has supported lately to beef up their Ebola readiness and this fast analysis exhibits preparedness is paying off.”
5,000 Ebola vaccine doses on their manner
WHO helps to coordinate cross-border Ebola response actions, and 5000 Ebola vaccines doses which the group helped safe to battle the outbreak in Guinea at the moment are being transferred to Cote d’Ivoire, following an settlement between the ministries of well being of Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea. Individuals at excessive danger, together with well being employees, first responders and contacts of confirmed instances, will probably be prioritised for vaccination.
Ebola is a extreme, typically deadly sickness affecting people and different primates. Fatality charges have different from 25% to 90% in previous outbreaks; there may be now efficient therapy obtainable and if sufferers obtain therapy early, in addition to supportive care, their possibilities of survival enhance considerably.
Cote d’Ivoire declared the outbreak in keeping with Worldwide Well being Rules and WHO doesn’t advise any journey restrictions to and from the nation.