West Africa on Ebola virus high alert
According to BBC News,Since the cases were reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone has now become the latest country on alert over potential outbreak of Ebola virus. The cases of deadly disease with up to 90% mortality rate, have been previously detected in neighbouring Liberia. 5 people have reportedly died after coming from Guinea for treatments.The disease spreads via direct contact with fluids of infected people or animals. Symptoms of virus include diarrhea, bleeding and vomiting.According to reports, Mauritania had already closed its Southern borders to avoid possible outbreak.
Guinea has banned consumption of bats, which are very common for local diet also considered to be natural hosts of the virus, as they are migrating between 4 prefectures of the Diecke area “I have formally forbidden the consumption of bats in the region,” according to Health Minister Remy Lamah. This is the first time when the Ebola virus is detected in the western part of Africa.