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A health worker from the Guinean Ministry of Health cleans a suspected contact of an Ebola patient's arm ahead of administering an anti-Ebola vaccine in Guinea. Photo: CAROL VALADE/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization on Saturday declared that the Ebola outbreak that had emerged in Guinea is over.

The state of play: WHO said Guinean health officials were able to move swiftly to contain the disease. A total of 16 people were confirmed to have been infected, with seven additional probable cases, and 12 people died.

  • Guinean health authorities in February had declared the outbreak after three cases were detected in the same region where the 2014-2016 outbreak — which killed a total of 11,3000 people mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — started.
  • Ebola "causes severe bleeding and organ failure and is spread through contact with body fluids," Reuters writes.

What they're saying: "I commend the affected communities, the government and people of Guinea, health workers, partners and everyone else whose dedicated efforts made it possible to contain this Ebola outbreak," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

  • "Based on the lessons learned from the 2014–16 outbreak and through rapid, coordinated response efforts, community engagement, effective public health measures and the equitable use of vaccines, Guinea managed to control the outbreak and prevent its spread beyond its borders."
  • "Our work in Guinea continues, including supporting survivors to access post-illness care," he added.

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Aug 30, 2021 - Health

CDC: Unvaccinated teacher caused an outbreak in classroom

Kindergarteners play during recess on the first day of school at Los Angeles Unified School District. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

An outbreak at an elementary school classroom in Marin County, California, appears to have been caused by an unvaccinated teacher who was occasionally unmasked, a new case study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

Why it matters: The outbreak — in which about 50% of the students got infected with COVID-19 — highlights the challenge of sending unvaccinated children back to school, particularly in light of the Delta variant’s increased transmissibility.

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Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.