59 Dead in Ebola Outbreak

    Workers from Doctors Without Borders unload emergency medical supplies to deal with an Ebola outbreak in Conakry, Guinea, March 23, 2014. Health officials fighting an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea on Sunday dispatched specialised medical equipment, imposed restrictions on funerals and sought to contain panic to prevent the fever from spreading. There have been 29 confirmed deaths from the haemorrhagic fever among 59 people killed by a mysterious illness in southeastern Guinea since early February, international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. Picture taken March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Saliou Samb (GUINEA - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH DISASTER) - RTR3IB2C

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    An outbreak of the Ebola virus has so far left 59 people dead in the West African country of Guinea. When symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting, and fever were reported last month, the country had been unable to identify the disease. According to UNICEF, 80 people were infected with Ebola and 59 have died. "In Guinea, a country with a weak medical infrastructure, an outbreak like this can be devastating," the organization said. So far most of the cases have been in southern Guinea. The Ebola virus became well-known to  Westerners through the popular 1994 nonfiction thriller The Hot Zone.

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