Last weekend, an 18-year-old Guinean woman in Côte d’Ivoire discovered the first Ebola case since 1994.
The Guinean authorities announced that 58 people were confined to their homes after being confirmed as contacts of a woman infected with Ebola.
The Ebola case was an 18-year-old Guinean woman who was found in Côte d’Ivoire over the weekend. She traveled about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) by road from Labe, Guinea.
This is the first known case in Côte d’Ivoire since 1994.
The Ebola virus is usually fatal, can cause severe fever, and in the worst case can cause unstoppable bleeding. It is spread through close contact with body fluids, and those who live with or care for the patient face the greatest risk.
The discovery in Côte d’Ivoire occurred nearly two months after the United Nations health agency announced the end of the second Ebola outbreak in Guinea. The Ebola outbreak began last year and caused 12 deaths.
“In Rabe, 58 contacts have been identified,” the regional health director Elhadj Mamadou Houdy Bah told AFP.
“The good news is that at the moment they are not showing any signs of (Ebola) and everyone is being followed,” he added.
The driver of the vehicle who transported the young Ebola patient to Abidjan, the largest city in Côte d’Ivoire, is one of the confirmed cases.
The health authorities of Guinea stated that since the only center in Rabe that can handle such contact cases is currently crowded with coronavirus patients, the Ebola contact cases were placed in home quarantine for 21 days.
The Ebola outbreak between 2013 and 2016 killed 11,300 people throughout West Africa, including 2,300 in Guinea.
The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the death toll is underestimated.
On Tuesday, the WHO stated that nine cases of exposure to Ebola have been found in the Ivory Coast following the cases of women in Guinea.
She is being treated in a hospital in Abidjan, and health workers are being vaccinated against the disease.
Residents of the Abidjan region where the young Guinean woman lives are also being vaccinated.