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Guinea Ebola death toll rises

Dakar/Monrovia - Two more people have died of Ebola in Guinea, bringing to 61 the death toll from the deadly virus, while neighbouring Liberia reported one new case, health officials said on Wednesday.

In this file photo, a Congolese patient, centre, who has been confirmed to have Ebola hemorrhagic fever is comforted by Medecins Sans Frontieres nurse Isabel Grovas, left, and Doctor Hilde Declerck, right, in Kampungu, Kasai Occidental province, Congo. Picture: WHO, Christopher Black, HO, File. Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Liberia reported 11 suspected cases and five deaths this week.

The cases were detected in the districts of Zorzor, Lofa and Foyah, near Liberia's northern border with Guinea.

Last week, Guinea's Ministry of Health registered almost 100 infections since the virus was first reported last month, noting the outbreak has reached “epidemic proportions.”

Ebola is one of the most contagious viral diseases known, often resulting in death.

The virus cannot be prevented with a vaccine and is untreatable with medication. - Sapa-dpa

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