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Ebola: Senegal re-opens border with Guinea

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Senegalese Interior Ministry on Monday said it has re-opened its land border with Guinea amid signs that the infection rate of the Ebola virus had slowed in West Africa.

The move came 11 days after the UN special envoy on Ebola, David Nabarro, announced that the Ebola outbreak was slowing down in the region.

“The border closure was lifted after Guinea had made `significant efforts to counter the Ebola epidemic.

“Senegal will, however, continue to perform health checks at all border posts,” the statement said.

Senegal decided to close its land, air and sea borders with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak.

However, the air and sea borders were re-opened in November.

According to the World Health Organisation, Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak started in December 2013, has reported 2,871 cases and 1,876 deaths.

Report says worldwide, the number of infected people had reached 21,724, with over 8,600 deaths.

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