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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 facing 'unprecedented' Ebola outbreak

Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic on an "unprecedented scale" as it battles to contain confirmed cases scattered across several locations that are far apart, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says.

“We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country” said Mariano Lugli, coordinator of MSF's project in Conakry.

Two MSF workers clean a box in a village in Gueckedou. Credit: Handout/MSF/Kjell Gunnar Beraas

Guinea's health ministry has reported 122 suspected cases, with at least 78 deaths linked to the virus. It has now spread to neighbouring Liberia, as well as Guinea's capital, Conakry, which has a population of two million people.

The below image shows the town of Gueckedou, with reports of an outbreak. The town has an estimated population of 405,000.

The area of Gueckedou in a Southern region of Guinea. Credit: Handout/OpenStreetMap

Ebola haemorrhagic fever is a rare but serious disease that spreads rapidly through direct contact with infected people or animals. It can be transmitted by blood and body fluids and is often fatal.

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