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Ebola Outbreak In Guinea Threatens To Spread To Nearby Nations

News outlets report on the response to an Ebola outbreak in Guinea.

Agence France-Presse: African health workers battle Ebola; suspected Canada case
“Health officials in Guinea battled to contain west Africa’s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as neighboring Liberia reported its first suspected victims and a traveler returning to Canada was hospitalized with suspicious symptoms…” (Bah, 3/25).

Associated Press: Ebola outbreak in Guinea may spread to Liberia
“An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is believed to have killed at least 59 people in Guinea and may already have spread to neighboring Liberia, health officials said Monday…” (Diallo, 3/24).

Associated Press: Officials rush to contain Ebola virus in Guinea
“Health officials rushed Monday to contain the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, where at least 59 people are believed to have died from an outbreak of the virus that can cause severe internal bleeding…” (Diallo, 3/24).

BBC News: Virus in Guinea capital Conakry not Ebola
“Tests on the suspected cases of deadly Ebola virus in Guinea’s capital Conakry are negative, health officials say. On Sunday, United Nations officials said that the virus had spread to the capital, a port city of up to two million, from remote forests in the south, where some 61 people have died. … However, it is not clear whether they had Ebola…” (3/24).

Bloomberg Businessweek: Ebola Virus Suspected to Have Spread From Guinea to Liberia
“Africa’s biggest Ebola outbreak in seven years has probably spread from Guinea to neighboring Liberia and also threatens Sierra Leone…” (Camera/Zoker, 3/25).

Médecins Sans Frontières: Guinea: ‘There is no treatment and no vaccine for Ebola. The priority is to isolate suspected cases’
“The Ebola epidemic confirmed by the Ministry of Health on March 22 is the first to affect Guinea. The latest official statistics put the toll at 86 suspected cases and 59 deaths. The priority of the teams on site is to identify patients with Ebola symptoms and isolate them, while providing high-quality care…” (3/24).

New York Times: Ebola, Killing Scores in Guinea, Threatens Nearby Nations
“The first outbreak of Ebola fever in the West African nation of Guinea has killed at least 59 people and may be spreading into nearby countries, international health agencies warned on Monday…” (McNeil, 3/24).

Reuters: Guinea Ebola outbreak believed to be deadly Zaire strain
“Scientists tackling an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea believe they have identified the virus as the Zaire strain, the most lethal of all that ‘raises the already high level of concern’, according to France’s Institut Pasteur…” (Hussain, 3/24).

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