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Guinea Closes Borders To Stop Ebola Outbreak
Guinea has closed its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia in an attempt to stop the spread of ebola in West Africa.
The outbreak - the most serious since the disease first emerged in Africa 40 years ago - has so far killed nearly 1,000 people in the three countries this year.
"We have provisionally closed the frontier between Guinea and Sierra Leone because of all the news that we have received from there recently," Health Minister R? Lamah told a news conference.
She said the border has also been closed with Liberia.
The World Health Organisation has declared an international health emergency and said the virus may continue spreading for months.
On Friday, Nigeria became the third African nation, after Sierra Leone and Liberia, to declare a national emergency as hospitals struggled to cope with increasing cases.
"The outbreak is moving faster than we can control it," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters at a news briefing in Geneva.
She said all countries with ebola should declare a national emergency, but said a ban on international travel is not needed.
Some 1,779 people have been infected and 961 people have died in the outbreak, according to the latest WHO figures.
Most of the cases are in the remote area where Guinea borders Sierra Leone and Liberia.