France to help set up hospital in Guinea to fight Ebola

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UNDATED:  In this handout from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen. As the Ebola virus continues to spread across parts of Africa, a second doctor infected with the disease has arrived in the U.S. for treatment.  (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)ebParis:  French President Francois Hollande Thursday said his country would help set up a military hospital in Guinea to assist in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa.

Hollande announced the decision “to set up a hospital in the coming days in the forests of Guinea, in the heart of the outbreak”, as part of “France’s responsibilities towards Africa”, Xinhua reported.

Adding to financial aid, the French president pledged to provide air support and bolster medical staff to fight the virus that has claimed 2,630 lives and infected close to 5,000 across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Hollande’s announcement came after a French volunteer working for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Liberia caught the Ebola virus.

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The medical charity said the nurse was put in quarantine Tuesday when early symptoms of the illness appeared. She was expected to return home and get treatment at a military hospital in Paris.