- Guinea has confirmed two fresh Ebola cases.
- The cases comes three months after the WHO declared the country free of Ebola.
Guinea has confirmed two new Ebola cases, three months after it celebrated the end of the outbreak.
The cases were reported in the southern region of Nzerekore, where the outbreak began in December 2013. Three other members of a family are suspected to have recently died from the virus.
The new cases were reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) hours after it declared the latest Ebola flare-up to be over in Sierra Leone.The WHO has warned that sporadic cases of Ebola are likely to re-emerge as the virus can linger on in body fluids of some survivors.
The Ebola outbreak killed more than 11,300 people - mostly in Guinea and its neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia. Guinea was in fact the only one of the three worst affected countries that hadn't had a re-emergence of the virus after the outbreak was officially declared over there on 29 December 2015. Both Sierra Leone and Liberia have reported little clusters of new cases after declaring the outbreaks over. But they've been dealt with quickly.
More than 17,000 Ebola survivors are dealing with a wide range of complications and social stigma. Some scientists say there's a risk the virus may become an ever-present disease in West African society. This is yet another blow in the long lingering fight against Ebola.