What you need to know about the Ebola virus

What you need to know about the Ebola virus

The Ebola virus has claimed thousands of lives in the West African country of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, killing more than 2,000 people. 

The country’s president, Joao Goulart, said on Thursday he was “deeply saddened” by the news and vowed to fight the outbreak with every ounce of strength. 

“We will do whatever it takes to bring peace and prosperity to our country and to those affected by the epidemic,” he said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, the UN has said it will be suspending all UN-funded missions in the affected countries until further notice. 

UN aid chief Antonio Guterres said he was also sending a message to Guinea and Sierra Leone, warning that the spread of the virus could affect their economies and the fragile health systems of those countries. 

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he is “deepenedly concerned” about the outbreak and urged all sides to “do everything possible to contain and contain the spread”.

“The United States remains fully committed to the people of Guinea and to Sierra Leone to contain the outbreak,” he told reporters in Paris.

“We are sending our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and are deeply saddened to hear the news that the outbreak has spread,” he added. 

More to follow.