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MSF says Ebola fever not eradicated in Guinea

English.news.cn   2014-05-06 17:44:38

CONAKRY, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Despite remarkable reduction in the number of new Ebola cases, the disease has not been totally eradicated in Guinea and medical teams are still alert to respond in case of any eventual outbreak, the communication officer for Medecins Sans Frontiere (MSF) Sam Taylor said on Monday.

He said the search for people who had contact with Ebola patients was still going on.

"All stakeholders should continue to remain vigilant, ensuring that the population receive the correct information and that patients are rapidly taken to hospitals for medication," he added.

He said medical teams were continuing to receive new patients in Conakry and Gueckedou, where MSF teams are working with officials from Guinea's health ministry to eradicate the disease.

"We shall remain vigilant and will not say that the disease has been terminated," Taylor affirmed.

Ebola fever will only be declared as officially eradicated if there is no new cases reported within 42 days.

An official statement released on Saturday by Guinea's health ministry said 127 Ebola cases were confirmed, out of which 81 people have so far died.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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