Bronx Guineans braced for more bad news Monday as a devastating outbreak of the Ebola virus continued to claim lives in their native West African homeland.
The borough’s Guinean community was scrambling to assemble an aid package to send loved ones — but they were struggling with what to send to battle a virus that has no cure and how to transport it to a country with sealed borders.
“We don’t know where to start,” Diallo Mamadou, 52, owner of LW African Market in a Guinean enclave on Third Ave. near East 166th St. in Morrisania. “This is what we are trying to sort out today and tomorrow.”
Ebola has claimed at least 87 lives since the outbreak earlier this year in Guinea and neighboring Liberia. There have been at least 134 confirmed cases of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. The illness, which has been mostly isolated to the southern portion of the country, can be spread by touching an infected person.
At Adaya Restaurant, a Guinean eatery on Webster Ave. in Tremont, men gathering for lunch said they’ve been glued to their phones, TV and Guinean news websites for the latest on the outbreak.
SOURCE: JENNIFER H. CUNNINGHAM
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