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Ebola health emergency declared in Guinea

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Update: 2015-03-29 00:00:00
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DHAKA: Guinean President Alpha Conde declared a 45-day ‘health emergency’ in five regions in the west and southwest of the Ebola-hit nation in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly disease.

The focus of the virus “has shifted to our country’s coastal areas”, the president said on Saturday in a statement published in national media.

“That is why I am declaring a reinforced health emergency for a period of 45 days in the prefectures of Forecariah, Coyah, Dubreka, Boffa and Kindia,” he said.

Since the Ebola outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013, more than 24,000 people in nine countries have been infected with the virus, and over 10,000 of them have died.

All but a handful of those deaths have occurred in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, reports the Times of India.

The World Health Organization declared in January that the epidemic was finally declining in West Africa after the three countries at the epicentre recorded a steady drop in cases.

BDST: 0956 HRS, MAR 29, 2015

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