Ebola Outbreak Spreads into West Africa
Aljazeera reported on February 14, 2021, three fatalities from Ebola hemorrhagic fever occurred in the southeastern region of Nzerekore, Guinea. Guinea is a country in West Africa, bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean.
These Ebola cases are not related to the Democratic Republic of Congo's ongoing outbreak in its North Kivu province.
On March 23, 2014, the World Health Organization reported an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the forested rural region of southeastern Guinea. Identifying these EVD cases marked the beginning of the West Africa Ebola epidemic, the largest in history, says the U.S. CDC.
Overall, eleven people were treated for Ebola in the USA during the 2014-2016 epidemic. More than 6,500 people were trained in the USA during training events throughout the response.
On December 19, 2019, the U.S. FDA announced the approval of the Ervebo vaccine for the prevention of EVD caused by Zaire ebolavirus in individuals 18 years of age and older.
Janssen's Zabdeno and Mvabea Ebola vaccine therapy, a prime-boost vaccination approach, was granted authorization by the European Medicines Agency on July 1, 2020.