Via ReliefWeb, an AFP report: Guinea battles to contain Ebola as Senegal closes its border. Excerpt:
Guinea kept up its efforts on Saturday to contain an Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens spreading from its southern forests to the capital Conakry, as neighbouring Senegal closed its border.
Responding to the deadly outbreak, the Senegalese interior ministry said Saturday it was closing border crossings to Guinea "until further notice".
The order affects crossings at Kolda and Kedougou in the south of Senegal which are heavily used by traders, particularly during a weekly market attended by thousands from neighbouring countries.
Eight cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Conakry, the Guinean health ministry said late Friday, including one fatality.
"The total number of suspected cases recorded from January to 28 March 2014 is 111 cases of haemorrhagic fever including 70 deaths ... or a fatality rate of 63 percent," the ministry said in a statement.
All those infected have been put into isolation at the capital's biggest hospital to prevent the highly contagious virus from getting into the population.
Aid organisations have sent dozens of workers to help the poor west African country combat the outbreak of haemorrhagic fever.
On Friday, the European Union announced aid of 500,000 euros ($690,000) "to help to contain the propagation of the virus, which can kill up to 90 percent of affected people, in Guinea and neighbouring countries," said the Dakar office of the EU's humanitarian arm, ECHO, on Friday.
The EU funds will be used by health charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres, MSF) "for clinical management, including isolation of the sick and psychological support, research into suspected cases as well as training and the supply of personal protective equipment for health personnel."