In a follow-up on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports a second suspected case is being investigated, preliminary information suggests it is a family member of the first case and a known contact.

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A total of nine contacts have so far been identified among family members and hospital staff in Abidjan.

On 14 August 2021, Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene of Côte d’Ivoire confirmed 1 case of Ebola virus disease in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The case is an 18-year old female who travelled from the Labe region in Guinea (on the border with Senegal) to Abidjan.

During the 5-day trip the patient had multiple transit stops including through Nzerekore, Guinea which was the site of the last Ebola outbreak declared over on 19 June 2021. The case experience symptoms of fever during the trip which subsided after consumption of paracetamol, but once she arrived in Abidjan on 12 August 2021, she began to have further symptoms of fever, headache, and gingival hemorrhage. She then presented at a clinic and was eventually referred to the national level hospital and isolation unit health facilities due to her symptoms. Blood samples were taken and diagnostic testing by the Pasteur Institute of Cote d’Ivoire confirmed EVD.

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