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Guinea Begins Compensation Payments

BBC News   in 
October 23, 2014

The head of Guinea’s Ebola mission has said the government has started paying compensation to the families of health workers who have died of the virus.

Eight families have already been paid the $10,000 (£6,200) lump sum, Dr Saccoba Keita told the BBC.

The families of 42 victims, including doctors, nurses, drivers and porters, had been identified to receive compensation, he said.

The outbreak began in Guinea and so far has killed more than 900 people there.

According to the latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO), transmission of the virus in Guinea “remains intense”.

In total more than 4,800 people have died of Ebola, mainly in Guinea and the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Meanwhile, an international team of scientists has been set up to determine the effectiveness of using the blood of Ebola survivors as a treatment.

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