Health officials in the West African country say the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever is suspected to have killed at least 78 people so far. Nearly six weeks had passed before authorities identifying the outbreak as Ebola, allowing it to spread
Health officials in the West African country of Guinea report that the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has killed a suspected 78 people.
The disease, which has no cure, is thought to have come from the forests in southern Guinea. It has now spread to the densely populated capital of Conakry after an infected person traveled there, proposing a greater risk than when the virus was limited to the country’s less crowded villages. Senegal also closed its border with Guinea to prevent disease spread, and will implement sanitary checks on flights between Guinea’s capital and Dakar.
Nearly six weeks passed before authorities began to identify the outbreak as Ebola, allowing for the virus to spread. As of Friday, 24 samples had tested positive for Ebola. There have also been two confirmed cases and Liberia, and there are suspected cases in Sierra Leone. The patients in both Sierra Leone and Liberia had traveled to Guinea.