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Ebola Outbreak: Guinea closes its borders

Ebola Outbreak: Guinea closes its borders
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Guinea has announced the closure of its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday in a bid to halt the spread of the Ebola virus.

The move comes as the World Health Organistion said a co-ordinated international response can stop the Ebola outbreak from spreading.

Meanwhile, Nigeria declared a “national emergency” on Friday.

“President Jonathan urges that the movement of corpses from one community to the other, and from overseas into the country should be stopped forthwith. Every death should be reported to the relevant authorities and special precautions should be taken in handling corpses,” said Reuben Abati, Spokesperson for the Nigerian President.

Nigeria became the fourth West African country involved in the outbreak along with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The World Heath Organisation has said over 950 people have died from the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, developers of an experimental miracle serum in California are hopeful it can defeat Ebola.

“We knew it worked in test tubes, we knew it worked in mice and we knew it worked in non-human primates. The next thing on the list is human trials. Those were scheduled for 2015 and they just hadn’t happened yet when the virus broke out,” explained Doctor Erica Ollman Saphire.

Ebola has no proven cures and there is no vaccine available to prevent a person from contracting it.

Treatment involves alleviating symptoms such as fever, vomiting and diarrhea.