Guinea, Liberia launch joint efforts to stop spread of Ebola virus

Saturday, April 26, 2014
By Paul Martin

CONAKRY, April 25 (Xinhua) — Authorities in Guinea’s Forestiere region have launched joint efforts with neighboring Liberia to fight against Ebola fever under the coordination of the World Health Organization (WHO), a source from the institution said on Thursday.

The initiative led to the first meeting between the two sides on Wednesday in Guinea’s Macenta region which is situated 800 km from the capital, Conakry.

During the meeting, Guineans and Liberians agreed to put in place “technical committees” that will work together to combat the spread of the disease.

Statistics released by WHO on April 24 showed that Guinea Forestiere is the epicenter of Ebola virus with at least 51 deaths out of 77 cases.

Macenta town is another zone that has been affected by the epidemic with 10 deaths out of 13 cases.

In general, confirmed biological analyses have shown that Guinea has so far had 115 Ebola cases out of which 71 have died.

On the Liberian side, WHO noted that between March 13 to April 21, a total of 34 suspected Ebola cases were reported, out of which six were confirmed.

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