Ivory Coast’s first Ebola patient in more than 25 years declared ‘cured’

A young Guinean woman who tested positive for the Ebola virus in Côte d’Ivoire after arriving there two weeks ago has recovered from the disease, the Ivory Coast Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

“We performed two biological tests on the patient that were negative within 48 hours. Therefore, she is declared cured, ”Serge Eholie, ministry spokesman and head of the country’s infectious diseases department, told AFP.

“We are lifting their isolation today (Tuesday). You no longer run the risk of contamination. She is still very tired, we keep her in the hospital ”, added the professor.

His diagnosis was the first confirmed case of Ebola in the Ivory Coast since 1994.

The 18-year-old had traveled to Abidjan by bus from Labe in northern Guinea, a journey of about 1,500 kilometers (950 miles) through a heavily forested region where the Ebola epidemic broke out earlier this year and in 2013-16. .

The World Health Organization has identified 49 people who have been in contact with the woman, and Côte d’Ivoire launched a vaccination campaign earlier this month to target those who were in immediate contact with the patient and the security forces. along the border with Guinea.

Spread through close contact with bodily fluids, Ebola is a deadly viral disease that causes severe fever and, in the worst case, unstoppable bleeding.

Ivory Coast is the third African country affected by the Ebola virus this year after the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea.

Her case had sparked a dispute between the two countries after Guinea requested reconfirmation of her positive test, prompting Eholie to endorse her diagnosis last week.

(AFP)

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