Senegal closes border with Guinea over Ebola fears

Senegal has closed its land border with neighboring Guinea to prevent the spread of the Ebola outbreak, which has killed at least 70 people.

Senegal's Interior Ministry announced the border closure Saturday. It also said officials in the southern region of Kolda closed a weekly market which draws thousands of people from the neighboring West African countries of Guinea, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.

Guinea confirmed last week that several victims of in the country's southern region had tested positive for Ebola. Eight cases have been confirmed in Guinea's capital, Conakry, and in neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone authorities are also investigating suspected cases.

The hemorrhagic fever's initial symptoms can mimic malaria, but as the disease progresses it can lead to grisly deaths as patients bleed both internally and externally.

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Ebola victims quarantined in Guinea

Mar 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 ...

Six suspected Ebola cases in Liberia, five dead

Mar 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.

Recommended for you

Discovery of genes that predispose a severe form of COPD

1 hour ago

A study by Ramcés Falfán-Valencia, researcher at the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER), found that the mestizo Mexican population has a number of variations in certain genes that predispose ...

On the environmental trail of food pathogens

2 hours ago

Tracking one of the deadliest food contamination organisms through produce farms and natural environments alike, Cornell microbiologists are showing how to use big datasets to predict where the next outbreak could start.

Arriving now at gate 42: measles

15 hours ago

(HealthDay)—Traveling through the same U.S. airport gate, one infected passenger transmitted the measles virus to three others within a four-hour time span, illustrating just how easily the virus can spread, ...

User comments

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.