DAKAR, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Senegal's government over the weekend decided to close its border with Guinea to prevent the spread of Ebola virus prevalent in the latter, Senegal's interior ministry said.
As part of the preventive measures, the statement added, the border posts in Senegal's southern region of Kolda and Kedougou in the southeast will be closed until further notice.
"Governors in the concerned areas have taken appropriate measures to ensure full execution of the decision," the statement concluded.
On Wednesday, the chief of Kolda region closed the weekly Diaobe market that is attended by people from countries such as Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.
The Ebola epidemic appeared in Guinea on Feb. 9 and has so far claimed 78 lives out of 122 reported cases, according official statistics.