DAKAR – At least 21 people died and 37 new cases of suspected Ebola were recorded in Guinea between May 29 and June 1, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, undermining the government’s claims that the number of Ebola deaths was slowing.
The new figures take to 328 the number of cases linked to the disease in Guinea, of which 193 have been confirmed by laboratory tests. In total, 208 deaths have been linked to Ebola, making the outbreak one of the deadliest for years.
The town is known for its weekly market which attracts traders from the region as well as from neighbouring countries.
There is no vaccine or cure for Ebola, a haemorrhagic fever with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.
WHO said it had deployed an extra five experts to the area to help stop the disease spreading and that it was observing about 600 people in the country identified as having possible contact with Ebola. ( Reuters)