ALERT: Ebola Outbreak in Guinea Spreads to Canada

The African nation of Guinea has banned the sale and consumption of bats in order to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. A man who recently traveled to West Africa is seriously ill and being kept in isolation in a Canadian hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever resembling the Ebola virus. The man fell ill after returning from the West African nation of Liberia. Sixty two people recently have been killed by the virus in Guinea, with suspected OUTBREAKS reported in neighbor country Liberia and Sierra Leone. Health official say as of now there is no cure or vaccine. The symptoms are external bleeding, diarrhea and vomiting. It is said to be the first time Ebola has struck Guinea, with recent outbreaks thousands of miles away, in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. When did it first emerge? According to the World Health Organization, Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two areas at once: in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The latter was near the Ebola River, hence the name. How is it transmitted? Ebola is transmitted from person to person through bodily fluids. Humans first got the virus through contact with the bodily fluids of infected animals. WHO reports, "infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found dead or ill in the rainforest." According to WHO, fruit bats are considered natural hosts for Ebola, and as a result, "the geographic distribution of Ebola viruses may overlap with the range of the fruit bats." Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said it had set up two quarantine sites in southern Guinea to try to contain the outbreak. | Next News Network's WHDT World News Program airs daily at 6pm and 11pm Eastern on Comcast, DirecTV and Over-the-Air and Online at WHDT World News is available to 6 million viewers from South Beach to Sebastian, Florida and to 2 million viewers in Boston, Massachusetts via WHDN. WHDT broadcasts on RF channel 44 (virtual channel 9) from Palm City and is carried on cable TV channels 44 (SD) and 1044 (HD) by AT&T, on cable channels 17 (SD) and 438 (HD) in West Palm Beach by Comcast, on satellite channel 44 (SD) in West Palm Beach by DIRECTV, and on WHDN-Boston which broadcasts on RF channel 38 (virtual channel 6) from the Government Center district in downtown Boston. More about WHDT: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: #SR

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