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Ebola Quarantine Units Open to Stop Spread of Disease

Scanning electron micrograph of the Ebola RNA virus, the cause of hemorrhagic fever. Source: BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images
Scanning electron micrograph of the Ebola RNA virus, the cause of hemorrhagic fever. Source: BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images

March 25 (Bloomberg) -- Medecins Sans Frontieres has begun opening isolation units in areas of Guinea where suspected Ebola cases are concentrated to stop the deadly disease spreading.

Patients are isolated from their families and “we are obliged to do this with Ebola because there is neither vaccine nor remedy” for the viral infection, Julie Damond, a spokeswoman for the medical aid body in west Africa, said in an interview from the Guinea capital of Conakry today. “The center in Gueckedou town is operational with about 20 beds, while the one of Macenta, where the disease was also detected, will be opened in the next two or three days.”

At least 86 cases and 59 deaths have been recorded across Guinea, the country’s health ministry said. Five people are suspected to have died from the disease in Lofa county in neighboring Liberia, Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s chief medical officer, said at a briefing yesterday.

MSF has chartered two cargo planes with 30 tons of medical materials, enough for two weeks, said Damond. “Such operations are expensive,” she said. MSF is also looking in nearby Kissidougou and N’Zerekore in Guinea to see if they are affected by the outbreak, she said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ougna Camara in Conakry at ocamara@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net Robert Valpuesta, Phil Serafino

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