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Three people die in Ebola outbreak after falling ill with vomiting and diarrhoea

 Three people have died of Ebola as an epidemic is declared in Guinea (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

A new Ebola outbreak has been announced in Guinea after three people died and four others fell ill.

It is the first resurgence of the disease there since the world's worst outbreak between 2013 and 2016.

The patients fell ill with diarrhoea, vomiting and bleeding after attending a burial in Goueke sub-prefecture.

Those still alive have been isolated in treatment centres, the country's health ministry said.

"Faced with this situation and in accordance with international health regulations, the Guinean government declares an Ebola epidemic," the ministry said in a statement.

 The world's worst Ebola outbreak was between 2013 and 2016 (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

The person buried on February 1 was a nurse at a local health centre and died after being transferred for treatment to Nzerekore, a city near the border with Liberia and Ivory Coast.

The 2013-2016 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa started in Nzerekore, the proximity of which to busy borders hampered efforts to contain the virus.

It went on to kill at least 11,300 people, with the vast majority of cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Fighting Ebola again will place additional strain on health services in Guinea as they also battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

 Patients have fallen ill with vomiting, bleeding and other symptoms (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Guinea, a country of about 12 million people, has so far recorded 14,895 coronavirus infections and 84 deaths.

The Ebola virus causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea and is spread through contact with body fluids.

It has a much higher death rate than Covid-19, but unlike the coronavirus it is not transmitted by asymptomatic carriers.

The ministry said health workers are trying to trace and isolate the contacts of the Ebola cases and will open a treatment centre in Goueke, which is less than an hour's drive from Nzerekore.

The authorities have also asked the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Ebola vaccines, it said.

The new vaccines have greatly improved survival rates in recent years.

 At least 11,300 people were killed by Ebola during the latest major outbreak (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

"It's a huge concern to see the resurgence of Ebola in Guinea, a country that has already suffered so much from the disease," the WHO's Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, was quoted as saying in a statement.

Given how close the new outbreak is to the border, the WHO is working with health authorities in Liberia and Sierra Leone to beef up surveillance and testing capacities, the statement said.

The vaccines and improved treatments helped efforts to end the second-largest Ebola outbreak on record, which was declared over in Democratic Republic of Congo last June after nearly two years and more than 2,200 deaths.

But on Sunday, DRC reported a fourth new case of Ebola in North Kivu province, where a resurgence of the virus was announced on February 7.

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