Ebola epidemic declared in West Africa; White House declares U.S. response

By | Rachel Brooks
February 16, 2021

Above, an Ebola treatment center in Guinea, during the West Africa outbreak, 2015 era. 

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Immense pressures to the African continent from COVID-19 and the HIV/AIDS epidemics have been strained once more following reports of resurging Ebola in West Africa. Time Magazine reported on February 16 that Guinea had declared an Ebola epidemic. The government of Guinea announced this after three deaths from the disease were declared in the country. This declaration first appeared on the World Health Organization’s African bureau web page on February 14.

“Health authorities in Guinea today declared an outbreak of Ebola in the rural community of Gouéké in N’Zerekore prefecture after three Ebola cases were confirmed by the national laboratory, marking the first time the disease has been reported in the country since an outbreak ended in 2016,” wrote the 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 have died, while the other four have been hospitalized.”

The previously declared Ebola outbreak in the region caused the death 11,000 people. The outbreak then began in Guineau and spread across Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Republic Underground news has approached the African WHO office for further update on this situation. Republic Underground news will monitor how the Ebola crisis impacts the local social and security situations in the West-Central Africa region.

Following a few hours later, the White House released a statement regarding the U.S. measures. The statement was released by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and proceeds as follows:

“Infectious diseases are transnational health and national security threats. While the world is reeling from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ebola has again emerged, simultaneously, in both Central and West Africa. The world cannot afford to turn the other way. We must do everything in our power to respond quickly, effectively, and with commensurate resources to stop these outbreaks before they become large-scale epidemics,” the statement began. It then continued to detail how President Biden had been briefed on the situation and had announced how the Biden administration anticipated providing U.S. leadership to prevent the spread of these outbreaks, including working with the affected governments, the World Health Organization, the African Union, and the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.