Via The New York Times, an updated Reuters report: Guinea Confirms Fever Is Ebola, Has Killed Up to 59. Excerpt:
Guinea has received confirmation that a mysterious disease that has killed up to 59 people in the West African country, and may have spread to neighboring Sierra Leone, is the hemorrhagic fever Ebola, the government said on Saturday.
Cases of the disease - among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans, with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent - have been registered in three southeastern towns and in the capital Conakry since February 9. It has never before been recorded in Guinea.
"It is indeed Ebola fever. A laboratory in Lyon (France) confirmed the information," Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters.
Six of the 12 samples sent for analysis tested positive for Ebola, Dr. Sakoba Keita, who heads the epidemics prevention division at Guinea's health ministry, told Reuters.
He added that health officials had registered 80 suspected cases of the disease, including 59 deaths.
"But you have to understand that not all the cases are necessarily due to Ebola fever. Some will have other origins, including a form of severe dysentery," Keita said.
Searching The New York Times, I also ran across a report from 1996: Ebola Scare At Hospital Proves False. Two very sick children newly arrived from Guinea appeared at North Central Bronx Hospital; staff thought they might have Ebola and shut down the ER for a couple of hours. It turned out they had malaria. The boy died; his sister was reported to be in critical condition.