Guinea's Government Expects an End to Ebola Epidemic by November

  • One confirmed and one suspected case currently in treatment
  • Government closes almost all Ebola treatment centers

Guinea’s government said it expects the Ebola epidemic that killed an estimated 2,531 people in the West African nation to be over by the end of November.

One confirmed and one suspected case of the hemorrhagic fever were being treated as of Sept. 17, Guinean National Ebola Response Coordinator Sakoba Keita said in an interview in the capital, Conakry, on Sept. 18. The authorities will count 42 days -- twice the incubation period for the disease -- from the last infection to declare the country free of the epidemic.

"We want to celebrate the end of this epidemic at the end of November," Keita said. "The only concern is that there could be some hidden cases. Those could still give us one or two more cases."

The government has closed all the treatment centers where there are no patients, because there are no other cases, Keita said. Neighboring Sierra Leone, which had 3,955 deaths, has reported five cases of Ebola this month. Liberia, the third of the hardest-hit countries by the epidemic, was declared free of the disease in May after recording 4,808 total deaths, according to the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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