Guinea shuts borders with Sierra Leone, Liberia in bid to halt Ebola

CONAKRY Sat Aug 9, 2014 8:52am EDT

CONAKRY Aug 9 (Reuters) - Guinea announced the closure of its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola, a virus that has killed nearly 1,000 people in the three countries this year.

"We have provisionally closed the frontier between Guinea and Sierra Leone because of all the news that we have received from there recently," Health Minister Rémy Lamah told a news conference, noting that Guinea had also closed its border with Liberia. (Reporting by Saliou Samb; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Louise Ireland)