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Ebola Virus Death Toll in Guinea Outbreak Rises to 70

Saturday, 29 Mar 2014 10:09 AM

CONAKRY, Guinea — An outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea has killed 70 people and there are another 111 suspected cases as the disease has spread from rural areas to the capital, Conakry, according to the Health Ministry.

Cases have been also detected in the towns of Guekedou, Macenta, Kissidougou and Dabola in the West African nation, according to a statement e-mailed by the Office of the Presidency yesterday. There has been one death and eight cases of the infectious disease in Conakry, the ministry said.

The Economic Community of West African States, a regional body known as Ecowas, expressed “deep concern” over the outbreak yesterday and called for international help to thwart the “serious threat” it poses to regional security.

The transmission to Conakry, a city of 1.6 million people, represents a “new dynamic” in the outbreak, though the situation remains “extremely fluid,” Gregory Hartl, a World Health Organization spokesman, said at a briefing in Geneva yesterday.

Health authorities in Sierra Leone and Liberia are investigating the deaths of people who had symptoms typical of Ebola. Signs include fever, vomiting, internal and external bleeding, and impaired liver and kidney function and there is no treatment or vaccine, according to the WHO.

The outbreak involves the Zaire strain of Ebola, the most common and deadly of the five known varieties, with a mortality rate of as much as 90 percent. A family in Guinea contracted the virus after attending the funeral of a relative who died of the disease on March 18, the Health Ministry said.

The virus is transmitted through contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person or animal, according to the WHO. Guinea has forbidden the sale and consumption of bats, which may serve as natural reservoirs of the virus, and warned against eating rats and monkeys in its effort to keep the illness from spreading.

 

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