The government of Guinea has received confirmation that the mystery disease that has claimed up to 59 lives in the west African country is the Ebola fever, reported Reuters.
The haemorrhagic fever – with the most virulent pathogens that can infect humans – has a fatality rate of 90%. Cases of the fever have been reported in the south-eastern region of Guinea and in the capital city of Conakry. It is believed that the disease may have spread to nearby Sierra Leone.
“It is indeed Ebola fever. A laboratory in Lyon (France) confirmed the information”, government spokesperson Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters. He added that health officials had registered 80 suspected cases of the diseases including the 59 deaths.
World Health Organisation (WHO) officials said that cases with similar symptoms were reported in a part of Sierra Leone that is close to the Guinea border.
The international medical charity organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it was reinforcing its medical teams in Guinea in response to the epidemic. MSF is also flying 33 tonnes of medicines, equipment and is setting up isolations units in the 3 affected towns.