Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak Reported In Guinea

CONAKRY, Guinea (March 22, 2014) A total of 49 people have been registered with viral hemorrhagic fever in the Guinea’s south since February, and 29 of those people have since died, the country’s ministry of health says.

The ministry said in a statement that initial studies confirm the presence of a virus in Gueckedou, Macenta, Kissidougou and Conakry, although it hasn't yet been specifically identified.

The ministry is asking people to report any suspected cases.

Doctors Without Borders has launched an emergency response to the outbreak and is helping to set up isolation units.

“Viral hemorrhagic fever of filovirus type is a rare but severe and often fatal disease that spreads rapidly through direct contact with infected people or animals," and is transmitted by blood and body fluids, the organization said.

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