mardi 12 août 2014

West Africa: A two years old behind the Ebola epidemic*.

 
A two years old is the cause of Ebola in Guinea, where the virus first appeared in January 2014.

        
According to research published in the scientific journal “New England”, after peeling clinical data from many patients in a hospital in south-eastern Guinea, doctors and researchers were able to identify the patient at the origin of Ebola outbreak, which has already claimed more than 1,000 lives since 8 months in West Africa.
         The patient in question, against all odds, is nothing but a little two year old boy who lived in a village near Guéckédou in south-eastern Guinea.
         According to these researchers, the infection of a caregiver has accelerated the spread of the virus. According to them, the child died on December 6, 2013, just after showing symptoms of the Ebola virus.          In the weeks that followed, her mother, grandmother and sister 3 years, all three contaminated, also died. The virus is then spread in the village before touching a carer Gueckedou.
         According to scientists who have discovered the origin of the epidemic in Guinea is the infection of the healthcare professional, in regular contact with patients, which would have accelerated the spread of the virus to three cities in Guinea, Macenta, Nzerekore and Kissidougou.
         Then, the spread of the Ebola virus was done very quickly, and several parts of the country were affected, including the capital Conakry, before winning Sierra Leone and Liberia, Guinea neighbors.
         Since its appearance in Guinea, Ebola killed nearly 1,000 dead. The epidemic continues to spread in Africa but also to Western countries. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) sounded the alarm over a "global public emergency."

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* Article of Afrik.com of  August 11, 2014.

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