59 Ebola deaths reported in Guinea

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Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in Guinea – 23 March 2014 – WHO | Regional Office for Africa.

Fifty-nine people have died following an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the West African country of Guinea.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the deaths were reported in forested areas near the border with Sierra Leone and Liberia.

WHO has sent a team to the affected areas to find out how the virus is being transmitted and to stop the outbreak.

Meanwhile, the European Union has deployed a mobile laboratory to carry out on-site tests.

Additional suspected cases are being tested in Liberia.

There are five distinct strains of the Ebola virus which cause severe haemorrhagic fever with fatality rates of up to 90 per cent.

There are no known cures or preventative vaccines.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 47″

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