The Ebola virus has spread to two new regions in Guinea, including an area where an AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. mine is located.
The village that reported the infections in Siguiri is 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the Johannesburg-based company’s facility, the Ministry of Health and AngloGold said in statements yesterday. No employees have been infected and operations continue, the mining company said.
The death toll in Guinea has risen to 887 since the outbreak started in December, the ministry said in its statement. More than 4,500 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, decimating the economies of the three nations and threatening to slow growth in West Africa.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said Oct. 17 that the world has finally “woken up” to the threat of Ebola and must commit the necessary resources to containment efforts. President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for additional funds to combat the disease, according to one White House official and a Capitol Hill official.
“This fight requires a commitment from every nation that has the capacity to help –- whether that is with emergency funds, medical supplies or clinical expertise,” Johnson-Sirleaf said. The international community can’t “pull up the drawbridge and wish the situation away.”
AngloGold’s Siguiri project is located in a relatively remote district about 850 kilometers northeast of Conakry, the nation’s capital, according to the company’s website. The facility employed 3,674 people last year, about half of them contractors.