WHO: Guinea Ebola outbreak likely from human source

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An ebola prevention poster sits outside an Ebola Treatment Center at Wankifong, Guinea, on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. An Ebola epidemic and a slump in commodity prices left the International Monetary Fund forecasting no economic growth this year. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE PHOTO: An ebola prevention poster sits outside an Ebola Treatment Center at Wankifong, Guinea. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Guinea’s current Ebola outbreak is likely to have been sparked by a latent infection in the human population rather than from the virus jumping the species barrier again, a World Health Organization official said on Friday.

The WHO’s top emergency official Mike Ryan told a briefing the preliminary finding based on initial genetic sequencing was “remarkable”.

A second WHO official at the same briefing said it was too early to draw conclusions on the source of the outbreak, the West African country’s first since a 2013-2016 epidemic that spread in the region and killed thousands.

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