The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak that began in Guinea this March has sickened 510 and killed 377 people to date and today the government in the West African country declared the outbreak a “health emergency”.

Guinea map Image/CIA
Guinea map

In an attempt to get control over the outbreak, Guinean President Alpha Conde announced a series of measures including strict controls at border points, travel restrictions and a ban on moving bodies “from one town to another until the end of the epidemic”.

In addition all suspected victims will automatically be hospitalized until they are cleared of infection, Conde said.

The outbreak total in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone is now up to 1,975 cases and 1,069 deaths.

The West African nations also anxiously await the 800 to 1,000 doses of a vaccine called VSV-EBOV, which has shown promise in animal research but never been tested on humans, donated by the Canadian government. Requests for the experimental serum ZMapp have also been made.

Earlier this week, the WHO convened an ethics panel on the use of experimental drugs for use in the Ebola outbreak. They reached consensus that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention, provided ethical criteria must guide the provision of such interventions. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page