Ivory Coast has its first case in nearly 30 years

This case is considered “extremely worrying” by the‘World Health Organization.

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Concern in Ivory Coast. A case of the Ebola virus was detected there, Ivorian Minister of Health Pierre Dimba announced on Saturday August 14. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this is the first confirmed case since 1994 in this neighboring country of Guinea, itself badly affected from 2013 to 2016, and where the virus reappeared in 2021.

The Ivorian health authorities have been informed by the Institut Pasteur “after examination of the samples taken” Friday “on an 18-year-old girl of Guinean nationality”, Pierre Dimba told national television RTI. According to him, the infected person had left the town of Labé, in Guinea, by road and “arrived in Côte d’Ivoire on August 11”, before being picked up in Abidjan.

The Minister of Health says this infection is “an isolated and imported case”. The country “will carry out the vaccination of the target groups, the nursing staff who have been in immediate contact with the patient and the security forces who are [aux] borders “.

WHO, for its part, judges “extremely worrying” this case detected in Ivory Coast. “There is no evidence that the case detected in Côte d’Ivoire is linked to the recent epidemic outbreak which affected Guinea”, however, estimates the organization in a press release, where it also confirmed the shipment of 5,000 doses of the Ebola vaccine to Côte d’Ivoire.

In Guinea, the end of the second epidemic was officially announced on June 19, a few months after the reappearance of this disease which killed thousands of people between 2013 and 2016.