Russian virologists visit Ebola hotspots in West Africa

Newscast Media CONAKRY, Guinea—Russian virologists have visited two Guinean
hospitals in the stricken capital Conakry, in West Africa, Russia’s Heal Ministry
spokesman said Tuesday.

“Our experts are working together with their colleagues in the region. They visited
two local medical institutions to study methods of diagnosing and treating the Ebola
[virus] disease,” said Oleg Salagai from the Russian Ministry of Health.

The spokesman said the delegation of Russian virology experts included Prof. Viktor
Maleyev, a deputy director at the Central Scientific Research Institute of
Epidemiology; and prof. Sergei Schelkunov, a head of department at Ivanovsky
Virology Institute.

They reportedly arrived in the city last Saturday and paid a visit to the Clinique
Ambroise Pare and the Donka Hospital.

According to the health ministry, the new Ebola outbreak was first registered in
Guinea in February and then spilt over into Sierra Leone and Liberia. The World Health
Organization (WHO) has confirmed 1,440 cases and 826 deaths. It is also the
deadliest outbreak to date.

Source: Ria Novosti

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