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West Africa mobilises against Ebola epidemic

Published on Apr 5, 2014 4:32 AM

BAMAKO (AFP) - West African countries mobilised Friday against an epidemic of haemorrhagic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed more than 80 lives in Guinea with more suspected cases in Mali, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Guinea is the worst affected country with 86 deaths, 45 of them confirmed as Ebola - a highly contagious disease that leads to external and internal bleeding and kills up to 90 per cent of patients in its most virulent strain.

Mali on Thursday became the latest of Guinea's neighbours to announce suspected cases of Ebola, saying three victims had been placed in isolation while test samples were sent to the US Centres for Disease Control.

Oumar Sangare of the national health directorate said that all three patients were Malian citizens who "worked in a border zone between Mali and Guinea".

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