U.S. Embassy Conakry Statement regarding new Ebola cases in Guinea

For immediate release

The Government of Guinea confirmed two cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on March 17, in the prefecture of N’Zerekore.  The U.S Embassy and its partner agencies the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are working closely with Guinean authorities and international and national agencies to immediately respond to the outbreak. CDC experts are in N’Zerekore and additional CDC staff were deployed to assist in tracing contacts and to prevent the spread of further infections.

Working closely with the Ebola National Coordination committee in Conakry, the U.S. government is committed to a rapid, effective response to contain the disease.  The last reported case of EVD in N’Zerekore prefecture was on January 20, 2015.  Early reporting of symptoms to health authorities and avoiding practices and contact that can spread the disease are key to preventing further cases of EVD.  With the cooperation of the general public this latest outbreak of Ebola will be overcome.