Ebola detected in Guinea victims, 59 dead

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Samples from victims of a viral hemorrhagic fever that has killed 59 people in Guinea have tested positive for the Ebola virus, government officials said Sunday, marking the first time an outbreak among humans has been detected in this West African nation.

Government spokesman Damantang Albert Camara said the virus was found in tests conducted at a laboratory in Lyon, France.

A Health Ministry statement on Saturday said 80 cases, including 59 deaths, had been reported, most of them in three southern prefectures near neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia.

A team including the health minister had been dispatched to the region, Camara said, and Doctors Without Borders had set up an isolation unit in Gueckedou to try to stop the disease from spreading.

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