Ebola Outbreak amid COVID-19 in the Republic of Guinea: Priorities for Achieving Control

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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 Apr 14:tpmd210228. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.21-0228. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

In February 2021, a new Ebola outbreak occurred amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the Republic of Guinea. Technical committees and Ebola mitigation mechanisms used during the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemics, have been redeployed by the public health organizations and African health organizations. As the burden on the local healthcare system is rising, fears of socioeconomic disruption are growing as well. Strategies used during the previous epidemic need to be reactivated, and new measures taken during the challenges of COVID-19 are being considered. This perspective discusses the available evidence regarding the epidemic of Ebola in Guinea amid the COVID-19 pandemic, highlights the challenges to be prioritized, and provides evidence-based recommendations.

PMID:33852428 | DOI:10.4269/ajtmh.21-0228