Terror grips Ebola-hit west Africa

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
By Paul Martin

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014

CONAKRY, March 26, 2014 (AFP) – Guinea battled Wednesday to contain an Ebola epidemic threatening neighbouring countries as fear and confusion gripped communities under siege from one of the deadliest viruses known to mankind.

Aid organisations have sent dozens of workers to help the poverty-hit country combat a haemorrhagic fever outbreak which has claimed at least 63 victims, many of whom have been confirmed to have been infected by Ebola.

“On Monday, two more deaths were reported in our area. People are really frightened,” Joseph Gbaka Sandounou, a unit manager for Plan International, was quoted as saying in a statement released by the organisation.

“They have seen people die in a matter of just two or three days. They are constantly worried who is going to be the next fatality.”

The British-based charity said people of Guinea’s southern forests – the epicentre of the outbreak which began in February – had been terrified by seeing neighbours bleeding severely as they were struck down by the virus.

“People have never experienced anything like this before. Rumours are rife among communities who are trying to come up with their own explanations,” said Sandounou.

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