Health authorities in Guinea on Tuesday began the rollout of the Ebola vaccine in Gouecke, Guinea— 9 days after the outbreak was declared.
WHO Regional Office for Africa said the vaccine is being rollout on high-risk individuals in Gouecke. Guinea received 11,000 doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine sent by WHO on Monday night. In addition, more than 8,500 doses are expected to be shipped from the United States of America for a total of 20,000 doses.
The first plan carrying Ebola vaccines to Guinea failed to land on Sunday due to fog. The flight later did emergency landing in Dakar, Senegal.
Guinea on February 14, declared an outbreak of Ebola in the rural community of Gouéké in N’Zerekore, after three Ebola cases were confirmed by the national laboratory marking it the first time the disease had been reported in the country since an outbreak ended in 2016.
According to WHO, initial investigations found that a nurse from the local health facility died on 28 January 2021. Following her burial, six people who attended the funeral reported Ebola-like symptoms and two of them died, while the other four were hospitalized.
Bordering countries, including Liberia and Sierra Leone have for the past weeks beefed up community surveillance of cases in their border districts as well as strengthening their capacity to test for cases and conduct surveillance in health facilities.
During the West Africa Ebola outbreak, there were 28 000 cases, including 11,000 deaths. The outbreak started in Guinea and then moved across land borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia.