Guinea: Ebola death toll reaches 70

Monday, March 31, 2014

At least 70 people are reported to have died from Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, according to a statement from theWest African nation’s health ministry.

Officials say there are at least 111 suspected cases of the viral disease, which spreads in the blood and shuts down the immune system, causing high fever, headache and muscle pain. The virus is transmitted by contact with the fluids of infected people or animals.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) describes Ebola as “one of the world’s most deadly diseases.” It is rare, but it creates panic, because there is no cure and it’s fatal in most cases, according to MSF.

Source: CNN (link opens in a new window)

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