Ebola infects 29, kills 13 in Guinea and DRC: Africa CDC


Health workers from the Guinean Ministry of Health prepare forms to register medical staff ahead of their anti-ebola vaccines at the N'zerekore Hospital on February 24, 2021. Guinea and DRC have reported 29 Ebola virus cases and 13 deaths so far.

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Addis Ababa

Two African countries — Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — have reported 29 Ebola virus cases and 13 deaths so far, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said Saturday.

Africa CDC, the specialised healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union, reported a fatality rate of 45 per cent in the two countries.

So far, DRC has reported 11 cases, four deaths and two recoveries, while Guinea has confirmed 18 cases, nine deaths and two recoveries, it said.

New outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus disease in the two African countries are sending new jitters to Africa as the continent is still grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola virus outbreak claimed over 11,300 lives, with over 28,600 recorded cases.

Ebola is a highly contagious haemorrhagic fever that causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, generalised pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding.