One Guinea prefecture still seeing new Ebola cases
Only one prefecture in Guinea—Gueckedou—has reported continued community transmission and deaths in the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak there as of May 18, says an update from the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa.
Gueckedou is the prefecture that has seen the most clinical cases (168, with 123 deaths) during the outbreak, which began earlier this spring. The cumulative total for clinical cases stands at 253, with 176 deaths. Confirmed cases number 144 with 97 deaths—6 and 5 more, respectively, than reported in the last WHO update May 12.
The update notes that the number of cases is subject to change because of reclassification, retrospective investigation, consolidation of cases and lab data, enhanced surveillance, and contact tracing.
Liberia and Sierra Leone reported no new EVD cases. In Liberia, which has not seen a case since Apr 9, the EVD outbreak may be declared over tomorrow (May 22), says the WHO.