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Mali nears Ebola-free status as last patient leaves hospital

© AFP | Police in front of the formerly quarantined Pasteur clinic in Bamako on November 12.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-12-12

Mali has no remaining cases of the Ebola virus as the last patient in the country has recovered and left hospital, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

Six people have died of Ebola in Mali, while two others have recovered.

The country is the sixth West African state to be hit by the worst outbreak of the virus on record of the haemorrhagic fever.

At least 6,533 people have died of the virus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the three West African countries worst hit by the disease, according to the World Health Organization.

Ebola first entered Mali through an infant girl who died of the disease in October after arriving from neighbouring Guinea. Later that month, an imam who also arrived from Guinea with the disease died in Mali. He infected other people.

“The only remaining case in treatment has recovered and has been released today so there are no more people sick with Ebola in Mali,” said Ministry of Health spokesman Markatié Daou.

 

Mali is yet to be officially declared Ebola-free, a status acquired by Nigeria and Senegal, two other countries blighted by virus earlier this year.

A senior UN official said on Tuesday that more foreign health workers are needed to help tackle the Ebola epidemic in western Sierra Leone and deep in the forested interior of Guinea.

“We know the outbreak is still flaming strongly in western Sierra Leone and some parts of the interior of Guinea. We can’t rest, we have to still push on,” said David Nabarro, the UN Special Envoy on Ebola.

 

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-12-12

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