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Ebola 'a regional threat' as virus strikes Guinea capital

CONAKRY, Guinea -- Guinea's capital Conakry was on high alert Friday after a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens in the southern forests was confirmed to have spread to the port city of up to two million people.

Four new cases, of people believed to have been infected after attending the funeral of a brother in central Guinea, were put in isolation centers to avoid the highly contagious virus getting into the population.

Aid organizations have sent dozens of workers to help the poor West African country combat a hemorrhagic fever outbreak which has killed at least 66 people, many of whom have been confirmed to have been infected by Ebola.

"Intensive case investigations are underway to identify the source and route of these patients' infection, record their travel histories before arrival in Conakry and determine their period of infectivity for the purposes of contact tracing," the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement.

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