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How could Guinea’s newborn baby test positive for Ebola despite having healthy parents?

In an ‘unusual case’, a baby born to ‘healthy parents’ has tested positive for the Ebola virus in Guinea.

In a curious medical case, a baby born to “healthy parents” has tested positive for the Ebola virus in Guinea.

The unprecedented case, which was recorded in the town of Forecariah in Guinea near the border with Sierra Leone, was confirmed by Fodé Tass Sylla, the communication officer of the national response coordination against the epidemic, according to StarAfrica.

Sylla described the newborn’s infection as an “unusual case” and the “Guinean Prime Minister, Mohamed Said Fofana and his government have been informed about the new case involving a baby, whose parents were not diagnosed with Ebola following tests in specialized laboratories,”StarAfrica reported.

Health official watching children suffering from the Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone Source: AP/Tanya Bindra

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Last year, a baby born to an Ebola positive mother contracted the virus and survived a battle with the disease, in one of the few cases of survival in infants.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) weekly update released last week, “Ebola cases in West Africa’s outbreak region stayed in the single digits last week, with four cases reported, all from a known transmission chain in Guinea”.

Overall, more than 2,500 confirmed deaths have been recorded in Guinea since the Ebola outbreak was declared in March 2014. According to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, “the death toll is at 11,296” from an “overall, 28,388 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases,” since the outbreak in the affected region.

Source: Star Africa

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