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Friday 1 August 2014

Ebola spreads to Guinea's capital

Published 29/03/2014|22:47

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In this photo provide by MSF,  Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders),  taken on Friday, March 28, 2014, healthcare workers from the organisation, react, as they prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola, hemorrhagic fever operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea. Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say they're now treating eight cases of Ebola in the capital. Dr. Sakoba Keita, a spokesman for the health ministry, announced on national television the virus had reached the city of 3 million. Keita said Friday, March 28, 2014,  at least 70 people have died in the country's south since the Ebola outbreak began last week. (AP Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF)
Medecins Sans Frontieres work in an ebola hit area.

Ebola, one of the world's most deadly viruses, has spread from a remote forested corner of southern Guinea to the country's seaside capital, raising fears that the disease, which causes severe bleeding and almost always death, could spread far beyond the tiny West African nation's borders.

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Ebola has already killed at least 70 people including one man whose family brought him to Conakry, the capital, for medical treatment. Now six of his relatives and two others exposed to him are being kept in isolation at a hospital.

Guinea has severely limited medical facilities and a large population living in slums where the virus could spread quickly.

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