Deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea may spread beyond its borders

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Good afternoon:

I write today about an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea. The Canadian Press is reporting today that at least 70 people have died since last week.

The Ebola virus causes severe hemorrhagic fever in patients, in some cases leading to grisly deaths as patients bleed both internally and externally. Its initial symptoms — high fever, headache and weakness — can mimic malaria.

Joseph Gbaka Sandouno, a program unit manager with Plan International in the village of Gueckedou, said it’s been especially difficult for people to stay calm after having witnessed “frightening scenes where people have died with severe bleeding.”

Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the world. The disease first appeared in a remote corner of southern Guinea and has spread to Conakry, the seaside capitol with a population of 2 million people. Most of them live in slums without sanitation and access to clean water. Medical care is generally not available. Now that the disease has appeared in the capitol, health officials are concerned that it may spread rapidly throughout the slums killing many people.

Conakry is a port city with an international airport and it may be difficult to prevent the disease from spreading beyond Guinea’s borders. There is no cure for Ebola and this particular strain of the virus has up to a 90% fatality rate.


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9 Responses to Deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea may spread beyond its borders

  1. The disease has spread beyond Guinea and the death toll now stands at 90.

    Reuters is reporting this morning:

    (Reuters) – Mali said it had identified its first possible cases of Ebola since the start of an outbreak in neighboring Guinea, adding to fears that the deadly virus was spreading across West Africa.

    More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned could turn into an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with poor health services.

  2. Senegal has closed its border with Guinea. Liberia and Sierra Leone are investigating some potential cases.

  3. colin black says:

    Also I wouldnt be suprised if many of thease out breaks be it S A R S

    Eboli or any number of nasty concoctions from H I V to Hep C start of as cultures in a Lab and are deployed on purpose.

    The Earths resourses are dwindling whilst it human population is doubleing ex potentinaly.

    This Is not viable The Powers that Be realise the only solution is to cull and desimate the majority of peoples on the planet.

    Hep C suddenly apeared from no where about the time S Africa was still a pahria state .
    Its rumoured that an attempt was made to engineer a deadly form of Heppititas wich was rampant in Afric Hep A an B .

    Though nasty neither of those forms of Hep were terminal except to the very yound or elderly.

    And then suddenly late 80s a new form an alleged mutated form Hep C appears not only fatal but incureable.

    Sources from the defunct aphartheid regime have claimed the Hep C virus was engineered in S African Labs.

    And was meant to only target blood types where sickle cell amenia was present either dormant or active.

    In other words only Africans wich would spread rapidly and as there was no cure desimate the Black Population .

    White S Africa could then release Manddella aquiese to the Worlds demands to end Ahpartheid and hold free an fair elections.

    And within a generation or two the country would fall back under there thrall as the African Population died of.

    However there plan did not work not only did the Hep C Virus take up to 20 years or more to destroy the livers functions .
    It also wasnt predudice unlike its alleged creators an infected peoples of all Races.

    None of the above is verified thease so called ex Insiders could just be lieing….

    But I M O It has a ring of truth to it.

  4. colin black says:

    towerflower says:
    April 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    This virus is scary. They have been lucky in the past to always contain it but it’s only a matter of time before it can’t.

    Me thinks If this pale blue dot In Space could rid its self of any life form it considered SCARY at this point in time..

    It would not be single celled virall life forms but Humanity thats dissing the host.

  5. Kelly Payne says:

    I’m scared.because it’s possible it could spread here.

  6. UPDATE:

    Reuters is reporting that the death toll is up to 84.

    (Reuters) – Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 84.

    The West African nation’s government said four new suspected cases of one of the world’s most lethal infectious diseases had been reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 134.

    Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned Guinea was facing an unprecedented epidemic of Ebola that would test weak health systems across West Africa.</blockquote

  7. towerflower says:

    This virus is scary. They have been lucky in the past to always contain it but it’s only a matter of time before it can’t.

  8. Malisha says:

    How long do we hold our breath before one of those psycho groups (or a “radio personality”) announces that the ebola is god’s punishment for some disapproved sexual or religious misbehavior?

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