Four cases of Ebola identified in capital city in Guinea

Four brothers who attended the funeral of their brother in the central town of Dabola returned to Conarky where they became ill and tested positive for Ebola virus infection. The dead brother became infected in Dinguiraye in central Guinea, far from the identified outbreaks of Ebola in the remote south-east. A total of 69 people have died so far in this outbreak.

These additional cases suggest that the outbreak is more widespread than thought. There is no treatment or vaccine for Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Any traveller in the affected area should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals (such as washing the body) for deceased patients, close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or within hospitals through contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons.

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