Washington state authorities are monitoring almost two dozen people who contracted the Ebola virus after returning from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Infection rates in Africa have spiked in recent months, report health officials.
According to a press release, the people who’ve caught the virus – totaling 23 so far – are currently “under monitoring” for three weeks.
Thousands of people in parts of the N’Zérékoré Prefecture in Guinea have succumbed to the illness between 2014 and 2016. As previously stated, there has been a resurgence of Ebola just recently.
In an article, New York Post writer Natalie O’Neill said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now requiring airlines to collect and provide it with contact information for all passengers who were in those two countries, according to the health officials.
But officials stressed that residents of Washington state are still at a “low risk” of contracting the virus.
Ebola is considered much more deadly than COVID-19 and has killed over 11,000 in Guinea, which has a population of 12 million.
In February, Guinea declared that the Ebola virus had become an epidemic after three people died and four others were hospitalized, reports the NYP.
People with the virus often have a fever, aches and pains along with vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms.
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