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Death toll from suspected Ebola cases continues to rise

By Kyle Johnson,

Already 84 people have died from suspected cases of the Ebola virus in West Africa, with those living in and around affected areas worrying about it spreading further.

Mossa Bau, a Dakar, Senegal resident, said, "Every day we're reading about it in the newspaper, hearing about it on the radio, and wondering when it's going to come here." USA Today reports Bau added, "Everyone is very scared because, really, it's a dangerous disease and no one has the means to stop it."

Fearing the spread of Ebola, Senegal had already closed its border with Guinea. There have been about 125 reported cases spread through Guinea and two other countries, according to the World Health Organization. It originated in south Guinea before popping up in the capital city of Conakry.

Some foreign mining firms in Guinea have shuttered operations during the outbreak, reports Reuters. Many international employees have been recalled, with the Brazilian miner Vale having removed its six international employees.

Native employees at Vale were put on leave for the time being.

One executive at a mining firm, said he had been put on extended leave and "everyone is practicing precautionary strict hygiene but there has been no real impact on production so far."

Most of the worry in Guinea about Ebola is how it will spread in Conakry, which has a population of over 2 million and many live close together in poor conditions.

 
 

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