Ebola Virus Outbreak 2014 – Video
Ebola is back.
Nearly 60 people have died in southern Guinea of hemorrhagic fever which started last month.
There is no known vaccine for Ebola and it is highly contagious. It is spread by close personal contact between people and it kills between 20% to 90% of its victims.
The virus has never been detected in Guinea before. Outbreaks have occurred in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Guinea health ministry has been scrambling to contain the epidemic saying:
“We got the first results from Lyon yesterday (Friday) which informed us of the presence of the Ebola virus as the cause of this outbreak,” Guinean health ministry official Sakoba Keita told AFP.
“The Ebola fever epidemic raging in southern Guinea since 9 February has left at least 59 dead out of 80 cases identified by our services on the ground.”
“We are overwhelmed in the field, we are fighting against this epidemic with all the means we have at our disposal with the help of our partners but it is difficult.”
Video report from the BBC