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Health Officials Try To Contain Panic Over Ebola In West Africa As Disease Spreads To Guinean Capital

News services discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, where health officials say the disease has spread into Conakry, the capital of Guinea.

Devex: Don’t panic: Health groups working to contain Ebola epidemic in Guinea
“Global health organizations are busy not just containing the Ebola outbreak currently gripping the West African nation of Guinea, but also the panic that is spilling over into neighboring countries…” (Ravelo, 3/27).

Reuters: Deadly Ebola virus spreads from rural Guinea to capital
“A deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus suspected of killing at least 63 people has spread from rural Guinea to the capital Conakry, authorities said on Thursday, after West African nations branded the virus a serious threat to regional security…” (Samb, 3/28).

Reuters: Scant funds, rare outbreaks leave Ebola drug pipeline slim
“Almost 40 years after the Ebola virus was identified in humans by scientists in a microbiology laboratory in Belgium, pharmaceutical researchers have yet to develop an effective drug or vaccine to fight it…” (Kelland, 3/27).

Reuters: Beware of bats: Guinea issues bushmeat warning after Ebola outbreak
“Bushmeat — from bats to antelopes, squirrels, porcupines and monkeys — has long held pride of place on family menus in West and Central Africa, whether stewed, smoked or roasted. … But an outbreak of the deadly Ebola fever in Guinea has rekindled concerns about the health risks of age-old African hunting and eating traditions that bring humans into close contact with wild forest animals…” (Samb/Toweh, 3/27).

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