The second outbreak, announced in February, killed at least 12 people.
The West African Ministry of Health համաշխարհային World Health Organization reports that the outbreak of Evola, which started in Guinea in February, infected 16 people and killed 12.
“In Guinea, I am honored to announce the end of Ebola,” WHO official Alfred Kierre said at a ceremony in the south-eastern Nzerekore region on Saturday, where the disease broke out earlier this year.
Minister of Health Remy Lama added. “On behalf of the President (President Alpha Conde), I would like to announce the end of the Ebola revival in Guinea.”
Health officials were able to move quickly to fight the virus, following lessons learned from previous outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“Based on the lessons learned from the 2014–16 outbreak, Guinea was able to control the outbreak through rapid, coordinated response efforts and prevent it from spreading beyond its borders,” said WHO President Tedros Adanom.
In February, Guinea began vaccinating to stop the spread of the disease.
“We were able to very quickly make efforts to vaccinate against Ebola, to include transfers using really effective diagnostic approaches,” Sterlios Moschos, a biomedical scientist and viral disease specialist, told Al Jazeera.
According to Moschos, one of these approaches was the implementation of ring vaccination schemes, which allowed people around people infected with Ebola to be vaccinated very quickly and protected with 100% efficiency.
The funds provided by the international community in response to the previous outbreak also played a role in overcoming this year’s Ebola crisis, Moschos explained.
“The international response gathered to turn the experience around brought a lot of money to the local community, which promoted health professional training, but also brought the local community a sense of the disease,” Moschos said.
“Because people in the culture had no experience of Ebola when the disease broke out, they did not know how to respond to it,” he added.
The Ebola outbreak in 2014-2016 killed 11,300 people, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Ebola causes high fever and, in the worst case, uncontrollable bleeding. It is transmitted through close contact with body fluids. Եւ People who live or care for Ebola patients are at greater risk.