The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today celebrated the announcement today to the Republic of Guinea (Guinea) Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization that the Ebola outbreak in N’Zérékoré Prefecture has ended.
The outbreak, which occurred in the same area where the Ebola outbreak began in 2014-2016 West Africa, was announced on February 14, 2021.
The sequence of genetic samples has been shown to be correlated between cases from this outbreak and from the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak. Even if this doesn’t actually end, the findings suggest that the recent outbreak caused an ongoing infection in one survivor of the West African outbreak. Transmission of the virus to a survivor more than five years after recovery indicates that research is needed to better understand ongoing Ebola virus infection and given the importance of the need for robust and ongoing survivors programs.
“I commend the government and Guinea’s first responders for ending the country’s Ebola outbreak,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the people who have lost loved ones to this disease. The CDC remains committed to supporting survivors programs and helping to strengthen global preparedness and capacity to respond. prevent or eliminate future Ebola outbreaks.