Via Le Jour: Ebola fever in Guinea: Open the borders! The Google translation:
Saturday, Dr Sakoba Keita Directorate prevention and fight against Ebola disease, accompanied by experts from WHO hosted a press conference at the Press House. To focus on the situation of viral haemorrhagic fever in Guinea.
Dr. Keita introduced his companions as specialists who have worked to clarify the situation and reduce tension, especially at airlines threatened to isolate the Guinean sky.
Dr Philippe Barboza is one of those experts. He recalled the Ebola virus is transmitted including wild animals, including bats:
"Do not touch sick or dead animals. Ebola is a very deadly very serious disease, but does not spread easily. There are no airborne. There is no risk to people who come by airlines and staying at the hotel. For transmission to occur, it must necessarily physical contact. "
Those at risk are health care personnel in contact with the patient Ebola, the patient's family and hunters of animals infected with the virus. The funeral of the deceased fever are occasions during which the risk of contamination is high. But "That does not mean we can not do funerals."
Ebola is a very serious illness without medication. Its mortality rate is high because: "This is a traumatic illness, ignored. More people are supported, the sooner they have a chance of survival. The lack of medication does not mean lack of medical care. It is important that people have access to medical care, the risk of dying from other diseases as Ebola," said Philippe Barboza WHO.
And adds: "We must break the panic. A person without clinical signs is not contagious." Instead of fleeing or stigmatize suspects, confirmed patients or their families, WHO recommends to assist and reassure.
"There was an excess of communication. There is even a Ebolaphobie. We bought helicopters to kill flies," says Dr Sakoba Keita at his side.
WHO also recommend closing internal and external borders, "No, there is no justification to close the internal borders. It serves no purpose to prevent people from forest to come to Guinea Conakry. Should not stigmatize people of the forest. No ostracism."
No question of setting up a cordon sanitaire. "With the explanation of the experts, the idea of a cord fell. There are many teams that want to come to Guinea. Borders with Senegal will be reopened," said Dr. Sakoba Keita.
Do not prohibit hunting that provides much food for the people of Guinea Forest: "It's unrealistic to tell people especially forest Guinea to stop hunting. What to discourage them is to eat the meat of dead or sick animals."
The Director of the prevention and fight against the disease adds: "The problem of the epidemic today is not the forest, but the person contact. We must educate hunters on hunting animals rather than ban hunting."
In Forest Guinea, including Macenta, there were these days of demonstrations against the isolation of patients. Philippe Barboza states: "This is not a history of MSF. Ebola Symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. To convince and prevent a suspicious person other contaminates must isolate. At the end of 21 days if she is not sick it was released. This is not a punishment, but it is a precautionary measure."
Hopefully with these tips, Guineans will stop scamper just seeing someone vomit. The presence of Ebola in Guinea must not make us forget the existence of other diseases that have similar symptoms.