Ivorian Health Authorities have confirmed the country’s first case of Ebola since 1994.
This came after the Institute Pasteur in Cote d’Ivoire confirmed the Ebola Virus Disease in samples collected from a patient, who was hospitalized in the commercial capital of Abidjan, after arriving from Guinea.
Initial investigations found that the patient had traveled to Cote d’Ivoire by road and arrived in Abidjan on 12 August.
The patient was admitted to a hospital after experiencing a fever and is currently receiving treatment.
Guinea experienced a four-month-long Ebola outbreak, which was declared over on 19 June 2021.
There is no indication that the current case in Cote d’Ivoire is linked to the earlier outbreak in Guinea.
WHO is helping to coordinate cross-border Ebola response activities and 5,000 Ebola vaccines doses which the organization helped secure to fight the outbreak in Guinea are now being transferred to Cote d’Ivoire, following an agreement between the ministries of health of Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea.
Cote d’Ivoire borders Liberia but health Authorities in Liberia are yet to speak on a control mechanism to avoid possible out in the country.