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Ebola outbreak: Health team 'found dead' in Guinea

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Some villagers in Guinea have been scared by the appearance of health workers trying to combat Ebola

Officials in Guinea searching for a team of health workers and journalists who went missing while trying to raise awareness of Ebola have found several bodies. A spokesman for Guinea's government said the bodies included those of three journalists in the team. 

 

They went missing after being attacked on Tuesday in a village near the southern city of Nzerekore. More than 2,600 people have now died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

 

It is the world's worst outbreak of the deadly disease, with officials warning that more than 20,000 people could ultimately be infected.

 

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Obama Plans Major Ebola Offensive

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Volunteers in Centennial, Colo., load medical supplies last week bound for Sierra Leone to combat Ebola. Associated Press

More Doctors, Supplies and Portable Hospitals Planned for Africa


By CAROL E. LEE and BETSY MCKAY CONNECT

Sept. 14, 2014 7:41 p.m. ET


WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama plans to dramatically boost the U.S. effort to mitigate the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including greater involvement of the U.S. military, people familiar with the proposal said.


Mr. Obama is expected to detail the plan during a visit Tuesday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, these people said. Among the possible moves: sending additional portable hospitals, doctors and health-care experts, providing medical supplies and conducting training for health workers in Liberia and other countries.

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SA spooks fixed Guinea poll

Top politicians and businessmen have been cited in a US court case over disputed mining rights in Guinea.


Claims festering for two years that South African business and ­intelligence interests rigged elections in Guinea have burst into the open in a New York court battle over the Eldorado of iron mining.

 

At stake is the ore mass that is the Simandou mountain range in the West African country’s forested south, thought to be the world’s richest iron deposit.

 

In a court filing last week, mining dynast Beny Steinmetz named 83 individuals and companies – key among them 

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Ebola is surging in places it had been beaten back

By Boubacar Diallo and Sarah DiLorenzo of The Associated Press 

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 8:38 am


CONAKRY, Guinea — Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there.


The Macenta region, right on the Liberian border, had been one of the first places where the outbreak surfaced, but they hadn't seen a new case for weeks. So they packed up, leaving a handful of staff on stand-by. The outbreak was showing signs of slowing elsewhere as well.

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Nearly 60 wounded in Guinea Ebola riots, local government says

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Health workers take off their protective suits as they finish their shifts at the Pita hospital in Guinea Photo: AFP

At least 55 hurt after clashes between protesters and security forces in Guinea's second-largest city - at the epicentre of West African Ebola outbreak


Clashes between protesters and security forces in a Guinean city at the epicentre of the West African Ebola outbreak have left at least 55 wounded, the local government said on Saturday.


A curfew was imposed in N'Zerekore, Guinea's second-largest city, after two days of protests Thursday and Friday by market stall holders against a team of health workers sent, without notice, to spray their market with disinfectant.


Regional governor Lancei Conde said at least 27 law enforcement officers forces were among the wounded.

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Cause of Ebola Outbreak poss. due to funeral in Guinea

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Since the West African outbreak started in March, at least 1,552 have died

The May funeral of a healer in Guinea may have caused the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone at a time when experts hoped the disease was under control, according to a new study.


By touching or washing the body in preparation for the ceremony, more than a dozen women contracted the deadly virus and spread it in Sierra Leone. The disease then exploded in the country, according to new DNA mapping of Ebola by a team of 50 scientists – five of whom died of the disease while fighting the outbreak.


Health researcher Stephen Gire, who was part of the team which mapped the outbreak, told reporters: “You had this huge burst after it looked like the outbreak was starting to die down,”


“It sort of threw a wrench in the response,” he added.

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If They Survive in the Ebola Ward, They Work On

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Josephine Finda Sellu, deputy nurse matron at a government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, where 15 Ebola nurses have died. Samuel Aranda for The New York Times

KENEMA, Sierra Leone — The best defense against despair was to keep working. Many times, that choice was far from obvious: Josephine Finda Sellu lost 15 of her nurses to Ebola in rapid succession and thought about quitting herself.


She did not. 


Ms. Sellu, the deputy nurse matron, is a rare survivor who never stopped toiling at the government hospital here, Sierra Leone’s biggest death trap for the virus during the dark months of June and July. Hers is a select club, consisting of perhaps three women on the original Ebola nursing staff who did not become infected, who watched their colleagues die, and who are still carrying on.


“There is a need for me to be around,” said Ms. Sellu, 42, who oversees the Ebola nurses. “I am a senior. All the junior nurses 

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CDC: 3 to 6 months may be needed to stem Ebola in West Africa

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Ebola virus disease (EVD)

By Ben Brumfield and Jacque Wilson, CNN

July 31, 2014 -- Updated 1822 GMT (0222 HKT)

Source: CNN

 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

NEW: CDC issues warning issues warning against "nonessential" travel to affected countries

NEW: It could take three to six months to stem the epidemic, CDC says

• Ebola hemorrhagic fever believed to have killed 729, WHO says

• Some humanitarian organizations are leaving the region to protect their own

 

(CNN) -- Nancy Writebol fought for her life against Ebola hemorrhagic fever on Thursday. While she did, the virus that befell the American missionary in Liberia as she worked to save its victims continued on a rampage through West Africa.

 

It is believed to have killed 729 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria from

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34 Killed in Stampede at Guinea Concert Marking End of Ramadan

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Debris lay strewn across the beach in the aftermath of the stampede

July 30, 2014 12:17 AM

 

At least 34 people were killed in a stampede at a beachside concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital, the French news agency AFP reported.

 

A statement released by the president of Guinea declared a week of mourning after the deadly stampede, calling the incident a "tragic drama."

 

The French news agency AFP said the stampede Tuesday at a beach in Conakry's Ratoma neighborhood left 24 people dead.

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Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies in ambulance

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Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening tent in the local government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 30, 2014

BY UMARU FOFANA

 

FREETOWN Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:31pm EDT

 

(Reuters) - A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, a health official said.

 

Health officials say fear and mistrust of health workers in Sierra Leone, where many have more faith in traditional medicine, are hindering efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 450 people in the country.

 

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WHO opens Ebola response centre in Guinea

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WHO Health Center

 

Conakry (Guinea), July 26 (IANS/WAM) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has opened a Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Centre in here after continuing reports of new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

 

"The centre will allow monitoring in real-time of the activities to fight the epidemic, in collaboration with the national committees and the teams deployed on the ground," said WHO Regional Director for Africa, Luis Gomes Sambo.

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Nigeria Death Shows Ebola Can Spread by Air Travel

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Jul 26, 2014, 3:31 PM ET

By HEATHER MURDOCK Associated Press

 

Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.

 

The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola's symptoms are similar to other diseases.

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Ebola: a survivor’s story from Guinea

Kadiatou holds up the certificate declaring her healthy status.
Kadiatou holds up the certificate declaring her healthy status.

Kadiatou’s was one of the earliest cases of Ebola in the country.

 

Shortly after the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, when it seemed like bad news was the only news, UNICEF’s office in Guinea started to receive reports of something that seemed almost impossible given the climate. Ebola victims were being released from the hospital, completely recovered. They were healthy and even given certificates signed by health authorities stating that they could safely return to normal life.

 

We knew that there would be a few survivors, but the initial days of the outbreak were grim enough to turn most optimists into cynics. Talk of very high mortality rates; a rapid spread of the virus to the capital and beyond the borders in neighboring countries; and a palpable

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Sierra Leone chief Ebola doctor infected

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For most of us in the United States, the Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa seems far away.

 

Since March 21, Ebola has killed 632 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization, making it the largest outbreak ever of the deadly virus.

 

For those of us in the medical community, the virus hit closer to home with the news this week that the chief doctor treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone himself became an Ebola patient; three nurses who work with him have died from Ebola this week. Although the

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‘There is no such thing as Ebola’

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Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on June 25, 2014. (Umaru Fofana/Reuters)

“I don’t believe in Ebola,” Craig Manning’s local driver told him as he chauffeured the viral emergency specialist through Freetown, Sierra Leone, where infection rates are rising. The man came from a rural part of the country where people were already dying from the virus. He was adamant, like many others in his community, that “there is no such thing as Ebola.”

 

He is wrong. The epidemic, the deadliest on record, continues to batter Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, with 85 new cases and 68 new deaths reported in only four days earlier this month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sierra Leone bore the brunt of new infections and deaths, with 49 new cases and 52 deaths reported. The total number of cases stands at 982, with 613 deaths as of July 17.

 

Yet, as the Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, so do the rumors. Some say you can contract Ebola from a motorcycle helmet. Others say you can cure the deadly virus by

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An 'Overhappy' Survivor, A Guarded Forecast: Reporting On Ebola

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Saidu Kanneh speaks to the community in Koindu, Sierra Leone, about surviving Ebola. He spent 12 days in a treatment center and was released this week.

by MARC SILVER

July 18, 201412:16 PM ET

 

Saidu Kanneh speaks to the community in Koindu, Sierra Leone, about surviving Ebola. He spent 12 days in a treatment center and was released this week.

 

Tommy Trenchard for NPR

 

Ebola Wreaks Economic Woe In West Africa

NPR's Jason Beaubien is in Sierra Leone, covering the Ebola outbreak that began in March in Guinea and has spread to neighboring countries. When we spoke Friday, he had an inspirational story to share.

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WHO can’t fully deal with Ebola outbreak, health official warns

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Marianne LeVine

 

WASHINGTON — International health officials warned Thursday that recent budget cuts have impeded the ability of the World Health Organization to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 603 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

 

"The situation in West Africa should be a wake-up call to recognize that this weakening of this institution on which we all depend is not in anybody's interest," Scott Dowell, director

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A Fight as U.S. Girls Face Genital Cutting Abroad

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Naima Abdullahi runs a support group for victims of genital cutting. She was cut at age 9.

ATLANTA — Last summer, an American-born teenager of Somali descent fled her parents’ home in a suburb here after she discovered that a coming vacation to Somalia would include a sacred rite of passage: the cutting of her genitalia. In Guinea, a New Yorker escaped to the American Embassy after an aunt told her that her family trip would involve genital cutting. And in Seattle, at least one physician said parents had sent girls back to Somalia to undergo cutting.

 

Immigrant parents from African and other nations have long sent their daughters back to their ancestral homes for the summer, a trip intended to help them connect with their families and traditions.

 

During their stays, some girls are swept into bedrooms or backwoods and subjected to

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West Africa states adopt new Ebola strategy

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At least 467 people have died of the virus since February, according to the World Health Organization

Health ministers commit to better surveillance and increased local collaboration and engagement with global partners.

 

At least 467 people have died of the virus since February, according to the World Health Organization.

 

West African countries and international health organizations adopted a fresh strategy to fight the world's deadliest Ebola epidemic, which has killed hundreds of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

 

At a two-day meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, officials committed to better surveillance to detect cases of the virus, enhance cross-border collaboration, better

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A look at how West Africa is combating Ebola

A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF's sensitization campaign at the Mission for Today Holy Church, in Newkru Town, Monrovia, Liberia, on June 22, 2014.
A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF's sensitization campaign at the Mission for Today Holy Church, in Newkru Town, Monrovia, Liberia, on June 22, 2014.

The World Health Organization says there is an "urgent need" to coordinate the response across the borders and is convening a meeting in Accra, Ghana on July 1 with the three countries involved as well as other nations that experienced outbreaks in the past.

There is no cure for the deadly disease caused by the Ebola virus which has an incubation period of two to 21 days and starts with fever and fatigue before descending into headaches, vomiting, violent diarrhea and then multiple organ failure and massive internal bleeding.

Ebola was first reported in 1976 in Congo and is named for the river where it was recognized. The virus can be transmitted through direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected

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Ebola epidemic in West Africa 'out of control'

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(CNN) -- The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit "unprecedented" proportions, according to relief workers on the ground.

 

"The epidemic is out of control," Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.

There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to the latest World Health Organization figures.

 

In April, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled to Conakry, Guinea, to report on what was being done to treat patients and contain the outbreak.

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$50mil to Revamp Electricity Sector in Guinea

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The electricity sector in Guinea is getting a $50 million (£29.5m) boost which is expected to benefit around 1.5 million people in the West African nation.

 

The cash will be used for the Power Sector Recovery Project, which will help improve the “technical and commercial performance” of the national power utility, the Electricite de Guinee (EDG).

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Guinean President donates tractors to farmers

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President Alpha Conde of Guinea has offered 24 tractors and 75 motorized pumps to a group of young farmers from 26 settlements in the country.

 

President Conde said the donation was intended to reduce rural exodus and explained that in three years, government has invested 70 billion CFA francs in agriculture.

 

The donation falls within the framework of a program dubbed “Hope for Young Farmers in Guinea,†in the form of a revolving credit by the Youth Ministry.

 

According to the Minister of Youth, Moustapha Naite, the project will generate over 20,000 jobs in the rural area.

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Over 1 Million in Guinea Get Meningitis Vaccine

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DAKAR, SENEGAL - More than 1.1 million people have been successfully vaccinated against meningitis in eastern Guinea, according to the country's Ministry of Health, the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Health workers in Guinea say the mass vaccination campaign could help stop a deadly outbreak of meningitis, which has claimed at least 52 lives since the first cases were reported in January.

 

The country had an estimated 400 suspected cases last year, according to the WHO.

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Guinea opposition pulls out of parliament, threatening protests

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(Reuters) - Guinea's main opposition parties withdrew from parliament on Monday and threatened to hold street protests over delays in organizing local elections promised in a political deal with the government last year. Mineral-rich Guinea completed its transition to civilian rule with parliamentary elections last year but tensions run deep between the rival camps and protests frequently turn violent.

 

Although many in the political class have already turned their attention to 2015 elections in which President Alpha Conde is expected to seek a second term, local elections were due to be held early this year, according to the deal signed between rival parties in 2013.

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Alpha Conde moots ruling party restructuring

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Guinean president, Alpha Conde has underlined the need for his ruling Rally of the Guinean People (RPG-Rainbow) to undergo massive restructuring ahead of the next elections.
Conde said this is to address the lack of confidence between its leadership and the grassroots.

 

Speaking on the sidelines of the party’s weekly traditional meeting held at Hamdallaye, President Conde pointed out that he was not dishing out instructions but taking stock of the situation surrounding the rainbow coalition.

 

There is a crisis of confidence between the sympathizers and the officials. And let me be clear, when members of the party want their leaders changed it simply means that the latter are not workingâ€, the Guinean leader pointed out.

Conde said the party which won 53 seats out of the 114 up for grabs during the last legislative polls, is presently undermined by “lies and lack of confidence.

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Senegal re-opens border with Guinea as Ebola threat eases

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Health workers wearing protective suits walk in an isolation center for people infected with Ebola at Donka Hospital in Conakry on April 14, 2014 (AFP Photo/Cellou Binani)

DAKAR May 6 (Reuters) - Senegal reopened its border with Guinea on Tuesday, over a month after it sealed land crossings with its southern neighbour to try to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed dozens in Guinea.

 

The move comes days after Guinea's President Alpha Conde said the 4-month outbreak - which has spread from Guinea's remote southeast to the capital, Conakry, and also into neighbouring Liberia - was under control.

 

"Border crossings with Guinea have been open since 8 a.m. this morning," Mbaye Sadi Diop, an advisor in Senegal's interior ministry, told Reuters on Tuesday.

 

The threat of the virus has put a string of weak national health systems under strain across the region and governments said it posed a threat to national security.

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Guinea Opposition Says Stability Hangs on Transparency in Vote

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Voting in Guinea

By Jesse Riseborough and Pauline Bax

 

Guinea’s leading opposition politician, Cellou Dalein Diallo, said the country’s stability will hinge on the transparency of a 2015 presidential election, in which he plans to run against President Alpha Conde.

 

The head of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea said in a May 2 interview in London that he has enough support to win the vote and warned that any attempt to rig the ballot may result in violence. Diallo challenged the outcome of the 2010 presidential election in court and also rejected the results of a legislative ballot last year.

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Guinea reports six more Ebola cases

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Guinea's health ministry has reported six more cases in the country's Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, lifting the total to 224, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update yesterday.

 

So far, of 202 patients tested, 121 have been lab confirmed, the agency said. Two more deaths have been reported, pushing that number to 143, an increase of 2 since the WHO's previous update on Apr 25.

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Guinea Ebola Cases in Decline

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CAPE TOWN – Although fewer cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever are being reported in Guinea the outbreak is still being treated as an epidemic, Doctors Without Borders said on Tuesday.

 

According to the health ministry’s latest figures, more than 140 people have died in Guinea and Liberia.

 

Ebola spread to Conakry in March , a city of some two million people, signalling an escalation of the outbreak in one of the world’s poorest nations.

 

Doctors Without Borders Guinea spokesperson Sam Taylor says the infection rate appears to be slowing down.

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West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever: WHO

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Geneva (AFP) - West Africa's Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the "most challenging" for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa four decades ago as the suspected death toll topped 100, the WHO said Tuesday.

 

Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the agency was concerned about the spread of the virus from its epicentre in the forests of southern Guinea.

 

"We have not had an Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa before," said Fukuda, whose agency has rushed scores of aid workers to the region to contain the epidemic.

 

"This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have

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Crowd attacks Ebola treatment center in Guinea

CONAKRY, GUINEA — A crowd angry about an Ebola outbreak that has killed 86 people across Guinea attacked a center where victims were being held in isolation, prompting an international aid group to temporarily evacuate its team, officials said Saturday.

 

The violence took place in the southern town of Macenta, where at least 14 people have died since the outbreak emerged last month. The mob who descended upon the clinic accused Doctors

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Virus in Guinea capital Conakry NOT Ebola

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There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola

Tests on the suspected cases of deadly Ebola virus in Guinea's capital Conakry are negative, health officials say.

 

On Sunday, United Nations officials said that the virus had spread to the capital, a port city of up to two million, from remote forests in the south, where some 61 people have died.

 

The government has sent out text messages, urging people to stay calm and wash their hands with soap.

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Guinea confirms Ebola as source of epidemic

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Medical experts identify highly contagious virus in epidemic that has killed 59 people in the West African nation.

 

Guinea's government raised the death toll in the Ebola epidemic raging through its southern forests to 59.

The health ministry told the AFP news agency workers battling to contain the outbreak in the border region had added a further 25 deaths to the toll of 34 given earlier on Saturday, with a total of 80 cases registered.

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GUINEA: Obstacles, omens and opportunities

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Recent History in Guinea

 

 

President Alpha Condé: Promising to steer a new course for GuineaDAKAR, 21 March 2011 (IRIN) - Alpha Condé, a former student activist, trade unionist, radical publisher, lecturer, political prisoner and exiled opposition leader, finally took over the presidency of Guinea at 72. 

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2 killed in protests in Guinea over power cuts

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Boys pick up stones during a demonstration in Conakry, Guinea on February 18, 2014 (AFP, Cellou Diallo)

(Reuters) - At least two people were killed and 30 others injured in Guinea's capital Conakry on Tuesday when protests against frequent power cuts turned violent and the offices of a Brazilian construction firm were attacked.

 

The protests reflect Guineans' growing frustration with their government over the lack of development in their West African state, which despite its wealth in minerals remains mired in poverty after decades of misrule.

 

Guinea government spokesman Damatang Albert Camara, told Reuters two people including a gendarme officer were killed, but

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Measles Outbreaks Kill 6 In Guinea, Over 2,000 Infected

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CONAKRY, Feb 18 (Bernama) -- Measles continues to spread in parts of Guinea with six children dead and over 2,000 people infected so far, Xinhua news agency reported.

 

The Health Ministry said Monday since the epidemic was announced on Jan 19, more than 630 new cases have been reported in the capital Conakry and other affected zones.

 

About 10 suspected cases have been reported in Labe, Fria, N'Zerekore, Telemile, Kindia, Koubia and Kissidougou localities,

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INSIGHT-Surge in cocaine trade undermines Conde's bid to revive Guinea

France's President Francois Hollande (L) greets Guinea's President Alpha Conde in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace at the start of the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, in Paris, December 6, 2013. Forty-two representatives, including presi
France's President Francois Hollande (L) greets Guinea's President Alpha Conde in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace at the start of the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, in Paris, December 6, 2013. Forty-two representatives, including presi

* West Africa a major transit point for cocaine into Europe

 

* Cocaine traffickers returning to Guinea under Conde's government

 

* Guinea lacks resources to tackle trafficking networks

 

By David Lewis

 

CONAKRY, Jan 31 (Reuters) - A surge in cocaine trafficking has transformed Guinea into West Africa's latest drug hot spot, jeopardizing President Alpha Conde's efforts to rebuild state institutions after a military coup and attract billion of dollars in mining investment.

Locals and Latin Americans long-accused of smuggling are

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Republic of Guinea Will Start Implementation of Kallo MobileCare & RuralCare in 2014

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CONAKRY, GUINEA--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2013) - Kallo Inc. (OTCQB: KALO) -- The Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, his Excellency Doctor Edouard Niankoye Lama announced today that Guinea will implement a unique healthcare delivery program to bring a high standard of healthcare to its rural population and accelerate the progress towards Guinea's healthcare Millennium Development Goals.

 

"Child mortalities and maternal health (Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5) are a major cause of concern for our government, and once fully implemented, this US 200 million dollar Healthcare project will help reduce infant mortality, enhance maternal health and deliver a high standard of healthcare in Guinea." said his

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Guinea Conakry Again

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It was not long ago when we wrote on this page urging Guineans to maintain peace before and after the result of the country's parliamentary election was announced.

 

We argued that Guineans, especially the ruling and opposition parties - whether the loser or the winner - should have the bold mind to accept with grace the outcome of the election.

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Guinea police disperse opposition protest

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Protesters run as Guinean security forces use tear gas to disperse them in Conakry.

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean riot police fired tear gas to disperse opposition activists protesting the Supreme Court's confirmation that the ruling party won the country's divisive elections.

 

Police Lieutenant Facinet Kouyate told The Associated Press that police responded Friday night to stone-throwing demonstrators protesting the court's decision that President Alpha Conde's party won 53 of 114 parliamentary seats.

The clashes occurred in Conakry's Hamdallaye neighborhood, an opposition stronghold.

 

Opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, whose party won 37

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Poll finds 1/3 Africans paid bribes in past year

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Aboubacar Traoré had to bribe a doctor at the Donka hospital to treat his daughter Hadya Bintou when she was sick.

By KRISTA LARSON

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - Nearly one-third of Africans surveyed say they have been forced to pay bribes including for medical treatment, according to a 34-nation poll released Wednesday.

 

The Afrobarometer survey also found it was often the poorest people in each country who pressured to pay bribes at health clinics and hospitals.

 

The West African nation of Sierra Leone fared the worst overall, with 63 percent of respondents saying they'd paid up at least once in the previous year. Morocco and Guinea came next, each with 57 percent.

 

"Corruption is a cancer which has spread nationwide," said Onesimus Johnson, an analyst in Sierra Leone where bribes are known as a "put for me." More than 69 percent of citizens polled there said that most or all police were corrupt.

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Steinmetz’s BSGR Queried on Payments to Guinea Officials

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Guinea asked BSG Resources Ltd., billionaire Beny Steinmetz’s mining company, to provide details of gifts and payments to officials as a review into ownership of one of the largest untapped iron-ore deposits nears completion.

 

The final hearing of a government committee probing how BSGR acquired the ground will be held Dec. 10 in the capital Conakry, according to a letter sent to BSGR’s venture in Guinea this week and seen by Bloomberg News. It asks BSGR to clarify responses to allegations made last year, and denied by BSGR, that

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Guinea: Security Council urges restraint, calm ahead of election certification

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Guinea: Security Council urges restraint, calm ahead of election certification

25 October 2013 – The United Nations Security Council is urging Guineans to exercise restraint and calm as the Supreme Court certifies the results of the legislative elections held last month.

"The members of the Security Council commended the Guinean people for their peaceful participation in the electoral process," the

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Guinea Passes New Mining Code

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New legislation promises to maximise revenues and tighten regulation.

 

Guinea’s new mining code, passed on September 9, promises to maximise the public revenues generated by foreign deposits and impose stricter regulations upon mining companies operating in the country.

 

The management of the country’s mining practices has been in dire need of reform for some time. Although Guinea possesses

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Guinea ruling party 'wins' parliamentary poll

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The parliamentary poll was much delayed and fraught with tensions

The parliamentary poll was much delayed and fraught with tensions.

 

President Alpha Conde's ruling party in Guinea took just under half of the seats in last month's parliamentary poll, electoral officials have said.

 

They said the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) secured 53 seats in the 114-member parliament.

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U.N. voices concern over delay to Guinea election results

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By Saliou Samb

 

CONAKRY (Reuters) - The United Nations and the international community on Sunday called upon Guinea's electoral commission to publish results of a September 28 election aimed at completing a transition to democracy, saying it was concerned over the delay.

Disputes over a published partial count have held up the final result and raised fears of a resurgence of violence that killed 

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U.N. voices concern over delay to Guinea election result

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A voter prepares to cast her ballot at a polling station in Conakry

CONAKRY (Reuters) - The United Nations on Sunday called upon Guinea's electoral commission to publish results of a September 28 election aimed at completing a transition to democracy, saying it was concerned over the delay.

 

Disputes over a published partial count have held up the final result and raised fears of a resurgence of violence that killed about 50 people before the vote.

 

The opposition is calling for the election to be annulled, dampening hopes for an end to years of instability since a 2008

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Guinea: Vote Rigging Allegations Overshadow Guinea's Elections

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Guinea Elections

BY KATRIN MATTHAEI, 10 OCTOBER 2013

 

Guinea's opposition is rejecting parliamentary elections held in late September, the results of which are still outstanding. International observers say there were irregularities. Fear of violence is growing.

 

The rift between Guinea's government and opposition appears to be unbridgeable. The opponents of President Alpha Conde refuse to recognize the validity of parliamentary elections held

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International observers cite Guinea vote flaws

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Election Flaws

 

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — International observers say irregularities in Guinea's legislative elections may call into question results from eight districts, potentially bolstering opposition claims that the vote was marred by widespread fraud.

 

In a statement published late Tuesday, the observers said irregularities prevented a significant number of ballots from

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