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UK hospitals 'on alert' after deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea

The Health Protection Agency has told ITV News hospitals in the UK have been put on "alert" after an outbreak of the Ebola virus killed at least 78 people in Guinea, West Africa. But the HPA said it was "extremely unlikely" it would reach Britain.

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Guinea Ebola outbreak 'first of its kind' for 20 years

People walk in front of the entrance of the Donka Hospital, where victims of the ebola disease are being treated. Credit: Reuters

At least 78 people have died after contracting the Ebola virus in the west African nation of Guinea, according to health authorities.

Victims develop internal and external bleeding from the virus, which has no cure.

Neighbouring Senegal has closed its land border with Guinea to keep the virus from spreading further. Liberia has confirmed two cases, including one death.

The Ebola outbreak is the first of its kind in west Africa in two decades.

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