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Doctors scrambling to contain Ebola outbreak in West Africa

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/4/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Death toll soars to 84, while disease spreads beyond Guinea's borders

Medical authorities re growing increasingly frantic. Begun in Guinea, an Ebola outbreak has since claimed the lives of 84 people. Even worse, there is evidence that the deadly virus is spreading beyond Guinea's borders into neighboring nations.

The city of Guekedou, near the borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia, has seen 79 cases, 57 of them fatal; another four deaths were in the capital, Conakry.

The city of Guekedou, near the borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia, has seen 79 cases, 57 of them fatal; another four deaths were in the capital, Conakry.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/4/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Ebola, Guinea outbreak, Liberia, Mali


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Aid workers report that dozens of more people have since fallen ill.

The 84 deaths are among the 131 cases reported by the World Health Organization. The horrifying disease, where the patient's internal organs literally melt, has "rapidly evolved" since originating in the forests of southeastern Guinea.

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The city of Guekedou, near the borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia, has seen 79 cases, 57 of them fatal; another four deaths were in the capital, Conakry.

The first emergence of Ebola in western Africa, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic says the U.N. agency is trying to trace those who had encountered the victims and make sure "that all those who have been in contact with infected people are being checked upon.

"What is really important is to inform the population of Guinea and Conakry about this disease, as this is the first time they are facing Ebola. They need to know what it is and how they can protect themselves."

One Ebola death has been confirmed in neighboring Liberia, with six more are suspected. Sierra Leone is investigating at least two deaths. Doctors without Borders, a non-governmental agency describes the outbreak unprecedented, as previous cases have been limited to a small area.

In Mali, the government reported on its Facebook page that biological samples tied to three suspected Ebola cases within its borders are being sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for analysis.

The three people in Mali suspected of having the disease are being treated in an isolated unit, where their health is improving.

Ebola is one of the world's deadliest viruses, causing a hemorrhagic fever that kills up to 90 percent of those infected. It spreads in the blood and shuts down the immune system, causing high fever, headache and muscle pain, often accompanied by bleeding.

The virus is named after the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where one of the first outbreaks occurred in 1976.

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