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Guinea Extends Ebola Health Emergency Declaration As Violence, Mistrust Allow Disease To Persist

Agence France-Presse: Guinea extends Ebola emergency measures
“Ebola-hit Guinea has extended a health emergency declared in March until the end of June, citing the persistence of the deadly virus in the country, the presidency said on Saturday…” (6/6).

Agence France-Presse: Ebola spreads suspicion and rumors in Guinea
“The only possible place to encounter Ebola in Conakry is the main treatment unit, yet elsewhere in Guinea the virus is thriving in a febrile atmosphere of deep mistrust and swirling conspiracy theory. … Violence erupted last week in the country’s western provinces, where there are around 20 confirmed cases, with attacks targeting public institutions, ambulances and even health workers. These examples of the ‘reluctance’ of locals, to employ the official parlance, are igniting new transmission chains and so hampering efforts to stamp out the virus, say the authorities…” (Ettaba, 6/7).

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