#WestAfrica

.Gouécké, Guinea
Guinea's health chief called Ebola an "epidemic" after seven cases were confirmed in the nation. (Representative Image/Pixabay)

  • The Guinea health minister said that the officials are planning to isolate all suspected cases
  • The fresh infections have been reported five years after Guinea declared itself free of Ebola
  • The virus cases have been recorded in the same southeastern region where it had previously emerged

.Gouécké, Guinea
Ebola was first identified in central Africa in 1976. (Photo Credit: Pixabay/Representative)

  • The tropical virus was named after a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- then known as Zaire
  • Those infected do not become contagious until symptoms appear
  • Infected person become more and more contagious until just after their death, which poses great risks during funerals