Dec 18, 2014 11:23 AM

Warehouse holding Ebola supplies in Guinea catches fire

The Associated Press

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) A Guinean official says a fire at a warehouse at the Conakry airport has destroyed crucial medicine to help fight Ebola.

Dr. Moussa Konate, head of logistics for Guinea's Ebola response, said that the fire on Thursday morning engulfed a building holding medicine, like anti-malarials and antibiotics.

He said: "Everything is burned up." He could not immediately quantify how much was lost.

But he said another building nearby where protective gear is being held was spared.

Officials from the Red Cross and the World Food Program confirmed the fire.

Supplies are pouring into the three West African countries most affected by Ebola. Everything from rubber gloves to ambulances has been shipped in to fight the disease that has sickened more than 18,600 people.


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