Guinea (MNN) — According to the World Health Organization, approximately 2,000 people have died from Ebola in Guinea since the outbreak began last year.
BBC News reports New England Journal of Medicine researchers believe the outbreak began with a 2-year-old boy in Guinea who died in December 2013.
The viscous disease quickly spread and claimed about 9,000 lives in 6 different countries, including Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Mali, and the U.S.
Huffington Post reported almost 800 kids in Guinea have been orphaned by Ebola.
After an exhausting year-long fight, there’s a slight glimmer of hope. Could Ebola finally be coming to an end in Guinea?
New Tribes Mission reports the disease was at its highest near the end of December, with about 160 cases reported in one week. However, the week of January 18 brought its lowest reported cases in months.
Because of the decline, NTM received the “go-ahead” from their field leadership to return to Africa. They are planning to go back sometime in June and will resume their programs, sharing the hope of Christ and demonstrating His love in Word and deed.
Though it’s a positive report, cases have slightly increased in the last few weeks.
The Washington Post says scientists are still scrambling for a lasting cure. A trial of a Japanese drug had positive results and may be distributed in certain locations.
Pray that a treatment will be found to cure Ebola. Also pray for New Tribes as they provide comfort for those who’ve lost loved ones.