According to the U.N. Ebola, the nightmarish virus that causes painful, bloody deaths for almost all who are infected, has reared its ugly head in Guinea, but there's some dispute about whether the victims actually have Ebola. According to UNICEF, the disease has killed at least 59 of the 80 people to become infected this month, as it has made its way into the country's capital. "In Guinea, a country with a weak medical infrastructure, an outbreak like this can be devastating," UNICEF representative in Guinea, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya, said in the statement.
However, Guinea's government officials are maintaining that there is no Ebola in Conakry. The number of deaths is not disputed, but according to Sakoba Keita, the health ministry's chief disease prevention officer, samples taken from suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever in Conakry came back negative for Ebola but might be a different virus entirely. For now, the exact cause remains unidentified.
"So for now, there's no Ebola in Conakry, but haemorrhagic fever whose nature remains to be determined," Keita said. Though that isn't really assuring. Keita said there would be more tests on Monday.