In a communiqué issued to the press on Wednesday evening, 8 February 2017, the Government of Guinea declares a measles epidemic in four of the five communes of the capital, Conakry, and in six of the country’s 33 prefectures.
According to the press release, there are already 248 suspected cases recorded, among them 93 have been confirmed in the laboratory since the beginning of this year, 2017. These cases have been reported in N’zerekore, Guekedou, Coyah, Dubreka, Fria and Kindia prefectures ; And in the Guinean capital, Ratoma, Matoto, Matam and Kaloum.
And, the Guinean Ministry of Health declares these six prefectures and four communes “zones of measles epidemic”.
Measles is a contagious disease that mainly affects children and manifests itself in rashes, fever, colds and conjunctivitis. Guinean health officials say that “untreated, this disease can cause pneumonia, deafness or even blindness in children”.
Mamadou Dian Donghol Diallo.