Guinea plans to vaccinate contacts of Ebola survivors

    Guinea plans to vaccinate contacts of Ebola survivors

    April 3, Conakry: Guinea will soon vaccinate people who have come into contact with more than 500 men who recovered from Ebola, according to a senior health official, the first time it has vaccinated the contacts of survivors.

    Spokesperson for the West African nation's centre for the fight against Ebola, said the contacts will include but not be limited to sexual partners, Fode Tass Sylla.

    Sylla said, "We know the virus can stay in the sperm of a healed patient for a certain period of time." That's why the circles of 501 men will ve vaccinated to avoid all risk of spreading the disease."

    The vaccinations will begin in the next few days, Sylla said.

    The centre also plans an awareness campaign to warn mothers who have recovered from the virus against breastfeeding their newborns, he said.

    One of three countries at the epicentre of the world's worst recorded Ebola outbreak, along with Liberia and Sierra Leone, Guinea was declared free of active transmissions of the virus in December 2015. But it announced eight new cases last month.

    There are 10,000 survivors of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization.

    Liberia, which has declared the outbreak finished three times, closed its border with Guinea after its neighbour announced fresh cases.


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