Guinea Ends Transmission of Ebola Virus

Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease in Guinea tested negative for the second time. The country now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.

Saa Sabas Temessadouno holds a certificate showing he was cured of Ebola (file photo). “ It’s my certificate I’m most proud of” Saa Sabas Temessadouno, who fell ill in April last year, after accompanying a sick elder to the health clinic. He spent more than three weeks in an Ebola treatment unit after testing positive for the virus. “This certificate proves I have been cured of Ebola,” he said. “It shows I am no longer contagious. When people see it, they believe it.” A few months after his release from the treatment centre, the former agronomist helped found the Association for People Affected by and Cured of Ebola in Gueckedou to help other survivors reintegrate into their communities. “There was so much stigma for a while,” Temessadouno said. “We couldn’t find work. Our families shunned us. Now we work to educate people so that survivors are welcomed home, not sent away. It has been very successful.”

PRESS RELEASE

Geneva — Today the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea.

Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease tested negative for the second time. Guinea now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.

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