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Guinea: new surge in Ebola cases near the capital prompts shift in containment strategy

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Forecariah, Guinea: Ebola Crisis Manager for Guinea Abdou Dieng, OCHA Head of Mission Noel Tsekouras and OCHA Field Coordinator Florent Mehaule visit a World Food Programme logistics hub in Forecariah, the latest Ebola hotspot in Guinea. © Rosalia Gitau/OCHA

Three bumpy hours from Conakry, the capital of Guinea, Forecariah is distinguished by long stretches of densely clustered palm trees and jungle. Local roadside stalls sell palm oil and charcoal. Life, by and large, seems to be good for residents of this sub-prefecture and town, located in western Guinea. Asked how their lives have been affected by the regional Ebola crisis, a group of men reply nonchalantly: “There’s no problem here.”

But there is a problem. Forecariah and the surrounding area have recently seen a new surge in Ebola cases. Not recognizing the dangers that this health risk poses for the local population could prove fatal. Experts agree the battle against Ebola can only be won in Forecariah and the many other little towns and hamlets that dot this West African nation: at the community level.

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