Ebola Death Toll in Guinea Rises to 70 as Senegal Closes Border

Saturday, March 29, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Ougna Camara and Sadibou Marone
Bloomberg.com
Mar 29, 2014

The deadliest outbreak of the Ebola virus in seven years has killed 70 people and infected as many as 111 in Guinea, causing neighboring Senegal to close its border with the country.

Senegal’s Ministry of Interior has ordered all movements of people through the southern boundary to Guinea suspended indefinitely to prevent the spread of the disease, according to a statement published today by the state-run press agency, APS.

Most of the cases detected in Guinea since January have been in the towns of Guekedou, Macenta, Kissidougou and Dabola, the country’s Health Ministry said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. There has been one death among eight cases of the infectious disease in the capital, Conakry, it said.

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