Liberia closes border with Guinea after Ebola outbreak

A team of medics with protective gear had been sent to the border to improve surveillance.

Guinean Red Cross workers wearing protective suits carry the corpse of a victim of Ebola in Macenta on November 21, 2014. The World Health Organisation said that 5,420 people have so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15,145 cases of infection, since late December 2013. AFP

PRETORIA - Liberia's closed its border with Guinea following an Ebola outbreak that's killed at least four people in the former French colony.

The deaths in Guinea have occurred since Leap Year's Day.

Liberia was declared free of new transmissions of the deadly virus in January.

Liberia's Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe says his country's not taking any chances and the border will remain closed until the situation in Guinea improves.

A team of medics with protective gear had been sent to the border to improve surveillance.

The haemorrhagic fever has killed about 11,300 people in the two countries plus Sierra Leone since late 2013.

It caused global alarm in 2014 as governments and health agencies rushed to help contain the outbreak.

New cases have dwindled virtually to zero but the UN World Health Organisation warns of flare-ups, or emerging clusters, of new cases.