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Guinea scrambles to contain deadly Ebola outbreak

Published on Mar 24, 2014 7:48 PM
 
A member of the health department of the Gabonese army spreading disinfectant at Mekambo hospital, after the arrival of people infected by the Ebola fever on Dec 16, 2001. Aid workers and medics battled on Monday, March 24, 2014, to contain west Africa's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as tests on suspected cases in Conakry allayed fears that it had spread to the capital. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

CONAKRY (AFP) - Aid workers and medics battled on Monday to contain west Africa's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as tests on suspected cases in Conakry allayed fears that it had spread to the capital.

More than 60 people have died in an outbreak of the virulent virus raging through Guinea's southern forests but tests on three haemorrhagic fever cases - two of them fatal - in Conakry were negative, the government said.

"The Pasteur Institute in Dakar worked urgently all last night on samples taken from suspected cases here in Conakry which were all negative," said Sakoba Keita, the health ministry's chief disease prevention officer.

"So for now, there's no Ebola in Conakry, but haemorrhagic fever whose nature remains to be determined."

 
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