Authorities in Burkina Faso are monitoring a new case of suspected Ebola in West Africa.
The country’s health ministry says a 22-year-old person is being treated at the Bogodogo University Hospital Center in Ouagadougou. They are isolated and receiving care while awaiting confirmation of any Ebola infection.
The case points to the possibility of wider spread because the person traveled to Burkina Faso from Côte d’Ivoire, passing through the border region at Niancarré-Kadiolo. The person was in Burkina Faso for two days and visited two other clinics before they were taken to Ouagadougou.
The new case comes just a week after Côte d’Ivoire declared its first Ebola outbreak in more than 25 years, following the arrival of an 18-year-old traveling from Guinea who arrived in Abidjan on August 11. She traveled by road from Labé, according to the World Health Organization.
The WHO said they were treating the case in Abidjan as an isolated incident but that preliminary genetic sequencing indicates the case may be linked to the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Guinea had a four-month long Ebola outbreak that was declared over on June 19, but these new cases have since resurfaced. The North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo also saw a new Ebola outbreak this year.
WHO says it is supporting six countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, to prepare for a potential outbreak. It also is sending 5,000 doses of the Ebola vaccine to Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire, following an agreement between the ministries of health of both nations.
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