Three individuals have contracted Ebola in Guinea, bringing the total number of people infected in the country to 9. Fode Tass Sylla, spokesman for the national center for the fight against Ebola, told Reuters that the three new cases occurred in Forecariah in western Guinea. They contracted the virus from the family of a woman who died of Ebola and whose body was handled without appropriate protection.
According to UN, WHO figures it has killed around 11,300 people out of around 28,500 known cases in Guinea and neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.Liberia was declared free of Ebola transmission on Sept. 3 after 42 days with no new cases, while Sierra Leone will be declared Ebola free on Nov. 7 if there is no new transmission,’’ the WHO said.
The 42-day countdown only starts once the last patient tested negative a second time, normally after a 48-hour gap following their first negative test.