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Key Concerns

01:47 Apr 1 2014 Guinea

Key Concerns
- A fast-spreading outbreak of deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever, with 122 cases and 78 deaths registered since 9 February in the southeastern forest districts of Macenta, Gueckedou, N’Zerekore and Kissidougou, and in the capital Conakry (WHO, Government and UNICEF, March 2014).

- Over 220,000 people (of 6.7 million) in Boke, Kindia, Conakry (West), and N’Zerekore (South) suffer from severe food insecurity. An additional 1.8 million people are estimated to be moderately food insecure (FAO, November 2014).

- Since the beginning of 2014, a measles outbreak has killed five children and led to at least 1,300 new suspected cases in the urban municipalities of Matam, Matoto, and Ratoma in Conakry (UNICEF, February 2014).

- In December 2013, 139,200 children were suffering from acute malnutrition, 609,700 from chronic malnutrition, and another 1,592,890 from anaemia (WFP, December 2013).

- Concerns about cyclical epidemics of cholera remain, with 291 cases and 29 deaths reported between January and November 2013. The rainy season, dirty water, and population movement are amplifying the spread (OCHA, November 2013).
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