Via the US Embassy in Conakry: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. Excerpt:
On the evening of March 27, Guinea's Ministry of Health confirmed that there are four individuals with the Ebola virus in Conakry. All four are family members of the patient who died after he attended a funeral in the area of the Ebola outbreak.
According to Guinea's Health Minister Remy Lamah, "all four individuals have been placed in an isolation ward in Donka hospital and the elderly man's family has also been quarantined." There is no evidence of further spread of Ebola within Conakry.
The Guinean government suspects that the Ebola virus vector in Guinea is bats, and can be transmitted through other sources of "bush meat", such as primates and antelopes. The Guinean government has limited the sale of bats and traditional bat dishes to minimize the risk of additional cases.
A person who becomes ill with Ebola is generally sick enough to be bed bound and highly unlikely to be walking in the community. Furthermore, there is no documented respiratory transmission as occurs with influenza, chickenpox and other infections. The only way to catch Ebola is by coming in direct contact of the body fluids of someone severely ill from the disease or by eating contaminated bush meat.
The direct risk of infection is negligible if one has not been in close contact with the body fluids of those actively sick with Ebola. Schools and embassies in Conakry remain open and movement through town should remain unaffected by this disease.
For daily updates on the Ebola hemorrhagic virus, please visit the U.S. Embassy Conakry website.