Death toll of the number believed to have been killed by the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea has risen to over 100. According to the World Health Organization, the virus is one of the most challenging it has ever dealt with and could take another four months to contain.
Statistics available to 233 Live News indicates that so far, about 10 persons have been killed by the virus in Liberia 101 in Guinea.
The Ebola virus which has caused lots of scare across the world especially in most African countries is spread by close contact and kills between 25% and 90% of its victims.
Many West African states have porous borders, and people travel frequently between countries.
Southern Guinea is at the epicentre of the outbreak, with the first case reported last month.
The geographical spread of the outbreak is continuing to make it particularly challenging to contain – past outbreaks have involved much smaller areas.
“We fully expect to be engaged in this outbreak for the next two to three to four months before we are comfortable that we are through it,” Keija Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general, said at a news briefing in Geneva, Reuters news agency reports.
The WHO said 157 suspected cases had been recorded in Guinea, including 20 in the capital, Conakry.
Sixty-seven of the cases have been confirmed as Ebola, it added.
In neighbouring Liberia, 21 cases had been reported, with five confirmed as Ebola, WHO said.
Mali had reported nine suspected cases, but medical tests done so far showed that two of them did not have Ebola, it said.
Last week, Mali said it was on high alert because of fears of an outbreak of Ebola and it would tighten border controls.
This is the first known outbreak in Guinea – most recent cases have been thousands of miles away in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola.
The tropical virus leads to haemorrhagic fever, causing muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.