In the last 24 hours, the World Health Organisation (WHO), in a communiqué published by the UN, has reported that it has recorded 5 new cases of Ebola fever in Guinea. Since January the total number of suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola fever in the present outbreak in Guinea is 127, with 83 deaths, according to WHO, which emphasises that 35 cases were confirmed by laboratory testing. The initial samples were analysed in Lyon in the Jean Mérieux-Inserm BSL-4 Laboratory directed by Hervé Raoul, Inserm Research Director, by the French National Reference Centre for Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (attached to the Biology of Viral Emerging Infections Unit at the Institut Pasteur, directed by Sylvain Baize). A positive diagnosis was made.
A mobile P4 laboratory has been deployed in Guinea to provide assistance with diagnosis in the field. This mobile laboratory was developed as part of a European project, “EMP4,” coordinated by German researchers, for which the Jean Mérieux-Inserm BSL-4 Laboratory is the French partner.
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