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Two bodies tested positive for Ebola in Guinea, the government said on Thursday, the first re-emergence of the virus in the West-African country since the outbreak there was declared over there in December. Test samples from the two patients "revealed the...

Guinea government confirms two new Ebola cases

Two bodies tested positive for Ebola in Guinea, the government said on Thursday, the first re-emergence of the virus in the West-African country since the outbreak there was declared over there in December. Test samples from the two patients "revealed the...

Guinea government confirms two new Ebola cases

Two bodies tested positive for Ebola in Guinea, the government said on Thursday, the first re-emergence of the virus in the West-African country since the outbreak there was declared over there in December.

Test samples from the two patients "revealed the presence of the Ebola haemorrhagic fever virus," the government said in a statement, while officials feared further suspected cases.

"For now, we have two confirmed cases and three suspected cases," Ibrahima Sylla, a spokesman for the national coordination for the fight against Ebola, added.

The cases emerged from the same family out of Koropara, in the N'Zerekore prefecture, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) southeast of capital Conakrym.

Mr Sylla said that health authorities are taking appropriate measures to contain the spread of the disease.

The UN health agency confirmed Guinea's new cases on its Twitter account.

"WHO confirms that two people have tested positive for Ebola in N'zerekore Prefecture, Guinea," it said.

Health workers preparing to carry a corpse out of a house in Freetown in November 2014  Photo: Francisco Leong/AFP

A source close to the local anti-Ebola coordination team told AFP that the two deceased patients were a married couple who had both shown symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea.

"That attracted the attention of local people who alerted the health services in N'Zerekore," he said on condition of anonymity.

WHO confirms that two people have tested positive for #Ebola in N'zérékoré Prefecture, #Guinea

— WHO (@WHO) 17 March 2016

An emergency meeting will be held on Friday with the Ministry of Health, said Dr Sakoba Keita, the national coordinator of the fight against Ebola.

Earlier on Thursday, the deputy director general of the N'Zerekore Regional Hospital, Dr Zoba Guilavogui, said a man and woman from the same family died of an illness like Ebola, but tests were pending.

An MSF health worker walks inside the high risk ward at the MSF Ebola Clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, in September 2014  Photo: Will Wintercros/The Telegraph

Guinea was declared free from Ebola on December 29. It would be celebrating the end of its 90-day heightened surveillance period at the end of March.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed more than 11,300 people, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Here is the latest WHO #Ebola situation report (16 March 2016) https://t.co/wxbNkqXObr#EbolaResponse pic.twitter.com/EOsrHD9I7j

— WHO (@WHO) 16 March 2016

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak over on January 14 when Liberia became the last of the three countries to have ended transmissions. The next day, however, a corpse tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone, which saw a flare-up of another case.

WHO and Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced the end of that Ebola flare-up on Thursday. The declaration came 42 days - two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus - since the last confirmed Ebola patient tested negative for a second time.

"WHO continues to stress that Sierra Leone, as well as Liberia and Guinea, are still at risk of Ebola flare-ups, largely due to virus persistence in some survivors, and must remain on high alert and ready to respond," WHO said in a statement.

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