Authorities hurry to contain Ebola outbreak in Guinea

After an outbreak in Guinea of the deadly virus Ebola, health officials rushed to contain the virus after 59 people died, AP reports.

The virus causes severe internal bleeding and those suspected of exposure to Ebola are being quarantined. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for this virus.

“The Ebola fever is one of the most virulent diseases known to mankind with a fatality rate up to 90 percent,” said Guinea’s country director for the aid group Plan International, Ibrahima Toure.

Toure said there is a risk for a widespread epidemic with devastating consequences because communities within the area move about freely. World Health Organization is dispatching experts to help ministry officials in Guinea.

The virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood or secretions of an infected person, or objects that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

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