Via Reuters: Guinea says has contained Ebola outbreak, death toll rises. Judging from this excerpt, the citizens are not persuaded:
Despite official assurances that all possible precautions were being taken to contain the outbreak in the southeast, fear of the illness has spread to the distant capital Conakry.
Drivers at one of the seaside capital's main bus stations said travel to the affected regions had slowed to a trickle.
"We have problems. Since the appearance of Ebola, which we'd never before heard of, there's now a psychosis. People are scared," said Ibrahima Oualare, spokesman for the local bus and taxi drivers' union.
Since its discovery in 1976 in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo, only around 2,200 cases of Ebola have been recorded. Of those, 1,500 were fatal.
The outbreak of mysterious haemorrhagic fever was first detected in Guinea in February. Scientists have since identified it as the most virulent Zaire strain of the Ebola virus.
The virus is believed to reside primarily in bats between rare outbreaks in humans. Some experts believe it may have been carried by bats from central Africa, where it is more common.
BAN ON BATS AND BUSHMEAT
In an effort to contain the disease, Guinea has banned the sale and consumption of bats and other types of bush meat, and banned public funerals for those killed. Volunteers from the Guinean Red Cross were disinfecting the homes of victims and dealing with infected bodies.
The disease incubates for up to three weeks and its symptoms are similar to malaria and cholera, making it difficult to detect in West Africa, where such diseases are endemic.
The virus initially causes raging fever, headaches, muscle pain, conjunctivitis and weakness, before moving into more severe phases of causing vomiting, diarrhoea and haemorrhages. There is no vaccine and no known cure.