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Africa

France pledges 20 million euros to Ebola fight

media A digitally colourised scanning electron micrograph depiction shows filamentous Ebola virus particles in green, budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell in orange at 25,000X magnification Reuters//National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

France on Tuesday said it was pledging 20 million euros to the fight against Ebola in west Africa. Some of the cash will enable the opening of several care centres in Guinea.

President François Hollande said he had approved a broad plan against the deadly virus including the creation of 200 beds in Guinea, some of which would be reserved for

Dossier: Ebola outbreak 2014

healthworkers caring for the sick.

Paris also pledged to set up two training centres for healthworkers, one in France, the other in Guinea.

French biotechnology companies will set up rapid diagnostic tests in Guinea.

Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people in the outbreak that has centred on west Africa.

There have been a number of false alarms in France but, aside from a nurse repatriated from west Africa who was cured, there has been no case on French soil.
 

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