Senegal re-opens border with Guinea as Ebola threat eases
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[May 06, 2014]
— Senegal reopened its border with Guinea on Tuesday, over a
month after it sealed land crossings with its southern neighbor to
try to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed dozens
The move comes days after Guinea's President Alpha
Conde said the 4-month outbreak - which has spread from Guinea's
remote southeast to the capital, Conakry, and also into neighboring
Liberia - was under control.
"Border crossings with Guinea have been open since 8 a.m. this
morning," Mbaye Sadi Diop, an advisor in Senegal's interior
ministry, told Reuters on Tuesday.
The threat of the virus has put a string of weak national health
systems under strain across the region and governments said it posed
a threat to national security.
However, Guinea has complained that its neighbors had over-reacted
and United Nations health officials have said there was no need for
borders to be closed, even though they admitted this was one of the
most challenging outbreaks ever faced.
Guinea has revised down its official figures for the death toll from
Ebola and now only refers to cases that have been confirmed by
As of May 2, Guinea's government said there had been 81 deaths from
127 confirmed cases of Ebola. Previously cases of haemorrhagic fever
suspected of being Ebola were included and the death toll in Guinea
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Between April 17 and May 1, Guinean health authorities recorded
another six cases of haemorrhagic fever that were being monitored,
the government said.
Liberia has recorded 13 deaths from Ebola but suspected cases in
Sierra Leone, Mali and Gambia have tested negative.
Ebola is endemic to a number of countries in Central Africa and
scientists believed the outbreak in West Africa was the Zaire strain
until research published last month showed that a new strain had
emerged in Guinea.
(Reporting by Diadie Ba; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Daniel
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