More than 1,000 people vaccinated against Ebola in Guinea

An MSF medical worker, wearing protective clothing relays patient details and updates behind a barrier to a colleague at an MSF facility in Kailahun, on August 15, 2014. Kailahun along with Kenama district is at the epicentre of the world's worst Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that the latest death toll from the Ebola virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria had claimed more than1000 lives. Health Organisations are looking into the possible use of experimental drugs to combat the latest outbreak in West Africa. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA / AFP) (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

More than 1,000 people have been vaccinated against Ebola in Guinea since the West African nation began its campaign a week ago, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: An Ebola prevention poster sits outside an Ebola Treatment Center at Wankifong, Guinea. (Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

According to the W.H.O., the persons vaccinated included high-risk contacts and frontline health workers.

The W.H.O. added that its personnel are on site supporting local authorities to quickly roll out the vaccine.

Guinea began its vaccination campaign on February 22 in N’Zerekore region, the epicentre of the outbreak, after receiving more than 11,000 doses of the Merck vaccine.

The vaccination campaign is expected to help contain the Ebola virus in targeted areas and limit the spread of the virus to regions not yet affected.

Guinea has so far recorded 15 cases and six deaths, according to data from the W.H.O., but no confirmed cases have been recorded outside of the country.

The 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone resulting in more than 11,000 deaths, the deadliest outbreak since the discovery of the virus in 1976.