Guinea, Sierra Leone see spike in Ebola cases – WHO

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DAKAR – At least 21 people died and 37 new cases of Ebola were recorded in Guinea between May 29 and June 1, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, undermining the government’ claims the number of Ebola was slowing.

The new figures take to 328 the number of cases linked to the in Guinea, of which 193 have been confirmed by laboratory tests. In total, 208 have been linked to Ebola, making the outbreak of the deadliest for years.

than half of the new in Guinea were in the southern of Gueckedou, epicentre of the outbreak which began in February, near the Sierra and Liberian borders.

The town is known for its weekly market which attracts traders from the as well as from neighbouring countries.

Sierra recorded three confirmed and 10 new cases the same period, WHO said, highlighting the threat of the taking hold elsewhere in the .

A Guinean spokesman was immediately available for comment and a health department spokesman declined to comment.

On April 24, Guinea’ health ministry said in a the situation was “ and under control thanks to measures taken by the government and its partners”.

There is 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 spreading and it was observing about 600 people in the country identified as having possible contact with Ebola. ( Reuters)