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Guinean government confirms disease that killed 34 as Ebola

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 01:09

March 22 - A mysterious disease that has killed at least 34 in the West African country of Guinea is identified as Ebola, government sources confirm. Gavino Garay reports.

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A fatal disease that doctors had been struggling for days to identify has been confirmed by government as the haemorrhagic fever --- better known as Ebola. It's claimed at least 34 lives. On Wendesday, the head of epidemics prevention of the Guinea Health Ministry was still trying to figure out what the disease was. (SOUNDBITE) (French) HEAD OF EPIDEMICS PREVENTION FOR GUINEA HEALTH MINISTRY, SAKOBA KEITA, SAYING: "The investigation team is going from village to village to figure out what was the source of this. That's why, for the moment, we cannot rule out Lassa fever, Ebola or Leptospirosis, or the other sicknesses that are hemorrhagic fevers." The government received confirmation that the disease was Ebola from a laboratory in France. Residents say they're afraid. (SOUNDBITE) (French) TAILOR, ROBERT LAMAH, SAYING: "I'm scared because it affects me." Ebola has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent. It has never before been recorded in Guinea. The World Health Organization says symptoms similar to Ebola have been reported in neighboring Sierra Leone.

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Guinean government confirms disease that killed 34 as Ebola

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 01:09