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Deadly Ebola virus kills 70, closes land border

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak spreads in the West Africa nation of Guinea, and as of Saturday, March 29, 2014, the death toll has risen to 70. According to Reuters, the epidemic has prompted neighboring Senegal to close its land border with Guinea.

The Senegal press agency, Agence de Presse Sénégalaise (APS), has released a statement about closing their borders, stating:

Due to the Ebola fever raging in the Republic of Guinea and in the context of prevention, the boundaries... with the neighboring country (of Guinea) are closed until further notice."

The APS has learned that the Ebola virus is mostly in the southern region of Guinea, with the largest number of cases in the cities of Guékédou (70 cases and 51 deaths) and Macenta (22 cases and 12 deaths).

The World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting that the reach of the Ebola virus is not limited to Guinea:

Both Sierra Leone and Liberia have reported suspected (Ebola virus) cases and deaths...among people who had travelled to Guinea before symptom onset.'

The WHO is reporting 111 Ebola virus cases in all, with eight suspected cases (five deaths) in Liberia, as well as six suspected cases (with also five dead) in Sierra Leone, as of Thursday, March 27.

A fact sheet for the Ebola virus has been written by the WHO, stating that 'outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests,' with a mortality rate as high as 90 percent and no treatment or vaccine is available for humans or animals.

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