Guinea reports 168 cases of Ebola virus disease

The Ministry of Health of Guinea reported 168 clinically compatible cases of Ebola virus disease, including 108 deaths, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

A total of 71 clinical cases were laboratory confirmed as of Friday with 34 probable cases and 54 suspected cases. Forty-two of the 106 deaths were laboratory confirmed. Guinea experienced Ebola patients in six districts, including 95 in Guekedou, 31 in Conakry, six in Kissidougou, five in Dabola and one in Djingaraye.

The WHO said the numbers of Ebola cases and contacts remain subject to change due to enhanced surveillance and contact tracing activities, the consolidation of case, contact and laboratory data and continuing laboratory investigations.

The WHO also learned of 26 total clinical cases of EVD in Liberia, including 13 deaths, and six suspected cases in Mali. The WHO did not recommend any travel or trade restrictions for Mali, Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers viral hemorrhagic fever viruses like Ebola, Marburg, Lassa and Machupo to be category A bioterrorism agents. Viral hemorrhagic fever viruses cause damage to multiple organs in the body and impair the body's ability to regulate itself.

Ebola is part of the filovirus family, a group of viruses that can cause severe hemorrhagic fever in humans and nonhuman primates.