Guinea battles to contain Ebola as Senegal closes its border
Published on Mar 30, 2014 12:50 PM
CONAKRY (AFP) - Guinea raced on Saturday to contain a deadly Ebola epidemic spreading from its southern forests to the capital Conakry, as neighbouring Senegal closed its border.
The European Union pledged 500,000 euros (S$866,000) to fight the contagion, while the Senegalese interior ministry said border crossings to Guinea would be closed "until further notice".
The order affects crossings at Kolda and Kedougou in the south of Senegal which are heavily used by traders, particularly during a weekly market attended by thousands from neighbouring countries.
Eight cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Conakry, the Guinean health ministry said late Friday, including one fatality.
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