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Plane from Guinea quarantined in Paris amid Ebola concerns

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-04

A flight from the Guinean capital of Conakry was quarantined in Paris for two hours on Friday morning, amid rising concern over the unprecedented Ebola epidemic that has hit the West African country.

The plane’s passengers and crew were submitted to tests briefly after the Air France aircraft landed at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of the French capital, at 5:28am.

Emergency services were alerted after a dirty toilet sparked concerns that a passenger could be infected with the deadly and highly contagious virus, which is known for triggering severe diarrhea.

An Airfrance spokesman said that all the tests turned out negative.

Health officials in Guinea have reported 134 suspected Ebola cases since the beginning of the year, in an epidemic that has claimed 86 lives and may not be easily contained.

There have been reported cases of the disease in Liberia, and three suspected victims were identified in Mali.

Sylvain Baize, who heads France's National Reference Centre for haemorrhagic fever, told the AFP news agency Friday that the outbreak, new to West Africa, "is serious -- by all accounts, it is not under control."

France has stepped up vigilance for the virus. The country, a former colonial power in much of West Africa, is a major portal for air traffic from the region.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-04-04

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