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Ebola Outbreak Reaches Guinea Capital

This micrograph reveals human hepatocytes infected with the Ebola virus, the cause of Ebola hemorrhagic fever.
This micrograph reveals human hepatocytes infected with the Ebola virus, the cause of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Getty Images

Guinean officials say they have identified four cases of Ebola in the capital of 3 million people, Conakry, marking the arrival of the virus after the outbreak responsible for at least 63 deaths first began in the southern region last week

Officials in Guinea said Friday that they’ve identified four cases of Ebola in Conakry, the west African country’s capital, the first cases in the city of three million since the outbreak began in the country’s southern region last week.

At least 63 people have died of Ebola since the beginning of the outbreak, the Associated Press reports. The virus, which causes hemorrhagic fever, has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent. Officials say the four people in Conakry known to have contracted the virus were in contact with the body of an earlier victim. Anyone who took part in the burials of victims is being quarantined, the AP reports.

Liberian authorities are looking into suspected cases of Ebola in their own country, which shares a border with Guinea.

[AP]

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