Ebola Epidemic Spreads To Guinea's Capital

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at 24-03-2014 06:44AM (5 years ago)

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A picture dated May 14, 1995 shows a patient affected by the deadly Ebola virus carried on a stretcher at the Kikwit hospital in DR Congo

An Ebola epidemic which has already killed dozens of people in Guinea's southern forests has spread to the capital Conakry, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Sunday.

"At least 59 out of 80 who contracted Ebola across the West African country have died so far. Over the past few days, the deadly haemorrhagic fever has quickly spread from the communities of Macenta, Gueckedou, and Kissidougou to the capital, Conakry," UNICEF said in a statement emailed to AFP.

Conakry, a vast, sprawling port city on Guinea's Atlantic coast, is estimated to have a population of between 1.5 and two million.

To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for Ebola, which kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the World Health Organisation.

The disease is transmitted by direct contact with blood, faeces or sweat, or by sexual contact or unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

 UNICEF said at least three victims of the outbreak, which began on February 9, were children.
"This outbreak is particularly devastating because medical staff are among the first victims, so far it has killed at least eight health workers who have been in contact with infected patients, hindering the response and threatening normal care in a country already lacking in medical personnel," UNICEF said.

The organisation said it had rushed five tonnes of aid, including medical supplies, to the most affected areas in Guinea's south.

"In Guinea, a country with a weak medical infrastructure, an outbreak like this can be devastating," said the organisation's Guinea representative, Mohamed Ag Ayoya.

"UNICEF has pre-positioned supplies and stepped up communication on the ground to inform and sensitise medical staff and the population on how to avoid contracting Ebola."

The organisation urged Guineans not to attend funerals wherever possible and to avoid all contact with the sick and the dead.

Ebola, one of the world's most virulent diseases, was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1976 and the country has had eight outbreaks.

The most recent epidemic, also in the DRC, infected 62 people and left 34 dead between May and November 2012, according to the country's health ministry.

There are fears it could be used in a biological weapons attack.

According to researchers, the virus multiplies quickly, overwhelming the immune system's ability to fight the infection.

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said in a statement on Saturday it had set up isolation units for suspected cases in the southern region of Nzerekore and was seeking out people who may have had contacts with the infected.

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winace at 24-03-2014 07:04AM (5 years ago)
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Hmmm dis disease shld not cum to nigeria. Pple will die o cus we don't have govt of d pple dat will quickly intervene.
Aleksander at 24-03-2014 07:27AM (5 years ago)
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Bad information 
angesco at 24-03-2014 07:32AM (5 years ago)
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Oh dear. Who is next?

With no world class standard of health care services in MOST African nations only time will tell where Ebola will visit next in the continent.

And with NO cure or vaccine and the disease spread by human contact - it's going to be a LONG year!!!!!!!!!!!!   
paulohking at 24-03-2014 07:36AM (5 years ago)
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God heal our lands please
dareper at 24-03-2014 07:41AM (5 years ago)
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Ebola virus is very deadly. May god save them.
Getnoc at 24-03-2014 07:52AM (5 years ago)
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Hemorrhagic viral infections are v.dangerous and quick to kill!
okilo101 at 24-03-2014 09:16AM (5 years ago)
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Shegzan at 24-03-2014 10:13AM (5 years ago)
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Oops.. Gracious me!!

zeigbo at 24-03-2014 10:17AM (5 years ago)
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Sad Sad Sad Sad

osamabinladin at 24-03-2014 10:18AM (5 years ago)
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dickman2 at 24-03-2014 10:34AM (5 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked
chicco77 at 24-03-2014 11:24AM (5 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
cocoeni at 24-03-2014 12:35PM (5 years ago)
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God help ur children
DrSoba at 24-03-2014 12:51PM (5 years ago)
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God pls save Africans in Africa
ozzeey at 24-03-2014 01:48PM (5 years ago)
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Ds world abi Ds life
    Na u Baba God.
yettyness at 24-03-2014 06:03PM (5 years ago)
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bad news
proly at 24-03-2014 10:11PM (5 years ago)
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zoe61 at 24-03-2014 11:00PM (5 years ago)
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ObyWBabaK at 25-03-2014 01:02PM (5 years ago)
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God dey
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