Eight cases of Ebola turn up in Guinea's capital

March 28, 2014

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 at least 70 people have died in the country's south since the Ebola outbreak began last week.

The highly infectious virus causes in its victims, with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.

Keita said the new cases involved patients who had been in contact with the body of one of the earlier victims. He said were seeking to quarantine anyone who took part in the burials.

Authorities in neighboring Liberia are also investigating several suspected cases.

Explore further: Unidentified illness kills 23 in Guinea

Related Stories

Unidentified illness kills 23 in Guinea

March 20, 2014

A mysterious illness has killed at least 23 people in southern Guinea in six weeks, but the disease has yet to be positively identified, the health ministry announced Thursday.

Six suspected Ebola cases in Liberia, five dead

March 24, 2014

Five patients have died in Liberia of suspected Ebola fever, the government said on Monday, as neighbouring Guinea battled an outbreak of the virus which has killed dozens.

Ebola victims quarantined in Guinea

March 26, 2014

Health workers in protective hazmat suits treated patients in quarantine centers on Tuesday in a remote corner of Guinea where Ebola has killed at least 60 people in West Africa's first outbreak of the deadly virus in two ...

Recommended for you

Ebola virus mutations may help it evade drug treatment

September 11, 2015

Genetic mutations called "escape variants" in the deadly Ebola virus appear to block the ability of antibody-based treatments to ward off infection, according to a team of U.S. Army scientists and collaborators. Their findings, ...

Study finds viral protein that causes dengue shock

September 9, 2015

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified a key culprit responsible for the fluid loss and resulting shock that are the hallmark of severe - and potentially fatal - dengue virus infections.


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.