59 people have succumbed to the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea. The first case of the deadly Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever was spotted late last month. Ebola infection has no treatment and the health ministers from the affected nations are urging people to stay indoors while the health authorities try to contain the epidemic.
Ebola was first seen Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and Medicins Sans Frontieres are working in these regions. MSF is also increasing its presence and work force in Guinea.
Ebola symptoms include internal and external hemorrhaging episodes along with vomiting and diarrhea.The disease is spread by close personal contact and is characterized by a very high mortality rate.
UNICEF representative in Guinea, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya, said that Guinea has a very poor medical infrastructure and is ill equipped to deal with such an outbreak. The results can be very devastating.
Mr Agoya further added that UNICEF is increasing the supplies to the affected regions and also educating the medical staff and the population on steps to be taken to avoid contracting the illness.
Ebola is common in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo but it is for the first time that the disease has made an appearance in Guinea.
Health officials are alerting the people to stay calm, wash their hands regularly and report any cases to the health authorities. Authorities have also warned people to refrain from eating wild meat and at the same time are offering free medical aid to anyone suffering from the disease.
As already mentioned Medecins Sans Frontieres are increasing its efforts and augmenting the strength of its medical and logistic teams in Guinea. It has dispatched 33 tons of equipments and medicines and has also set up isolation units and all the three affected countries.