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Guinea haemorrhagic fever may have crossed into Sierra Leone

Published on Mar 22, 2014 11:11 PM

FREETOWN (REUTERS) - An outbreak of haemorrhagic fever that has killed 29 people in Guinea may have spread across the border into neighbouring Sierra Leone, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) document and a senior Sierra Leone health official.

Guinean health officials have registered a total of 49 cases of infection in three southeastern towns and the capital Conakry since the outbreak was first reported on Feb 9.

While the exact type of the fever, which is characterised by bleeding, has yet to be identified, a senior official in Guinea said on Friday that preliminary tests had narrowed down the possibilities to Ebola and Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever.

WHO officials, however, suspect Lassa Fever may be behind the outbreak, cases of which have now also been reported in a border region in Sierra Leone, according to minutes of a March 18 teleconference seen by Reuters.

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