Ebola virus kills more than 100 West Africans

2014-04-08 20:10
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Monrovia - The deadly Ebola virus has continued to spread in West Africa, where it has killed more than 100 people, health authorities said Tuesday.

In Guinea, where the outbreak started, 95 people have died since February, while 151 others are infected with the virus, for which there is neither a vaccine nor cure, health officials announced on local radio.

Some eight people have reportedly recovered from the disease, which has a fatality rate of up to 90%, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The Ebola virus also spread to neighbouring Liberia - where 10 people died from the disease, and 21 have been infected - as well as Mali and Sierra Leone, where there are six and two suspected cases respectively.

"Of the ten victims [in Liberia], eight died in Lofa, one in Nimba and one in Montserrado [districts]," Liberian Health Minister Walter Gwenigale told journalists, adding that two health workers from northern Foya district were among the latest victims.

The United States Department of Defence agreed to set up two Ebola testing centres in Liberia to help control the outbreak.

Ebola is one of the most contagious viral diseases known and is transmitted through blood, bodily fluids or close contact with infected people.

Ebola's symptoms are extraordinarily painful and include severe vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, impaired kidney and liver function as well as internal and external bleeding.

Ebola was first detected in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara, Sudan, and Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo, near the Ebola River, from which the disease gets its name.

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