Mali reports first Ebola case – deadly virus spreads to 6th African country

October 2014MALI Less than a week after two West African countries successfully rid themselves of Ebola, another has announced its first case of the disease. In a television address on Thursday, Mali’s health minister, Ousmane Kone, revealed that a two-year-old girl has tested positive for the virus. The girl was hospitalized yesterday in Kayes, a town in western Mali. A health official told Reuters that relatives brought her into the country from neighboring Guinea, where the outbreak began, after her mother died of the disease a few weeks ago. Kone said that the girl is improving, Reuters reported, and that those who had direct contact with her are currently being monitored for signs of the disease. Mali is the sixth country in the region to confirm a case of Ebola. Last Friday, the World Health Organization declared Senegal to be Ebola-free; on Monday, it did the same for Nigeria, after six weeks without any new infections. Meanwhile, the disease rages on in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where the majority of cases have occurred.
Recent estimates place the total death toll for this outbreak, the deadliest in history, at more than 4,500. The U.S. government has ramped up its response to the outbreak over the past week, with the Department of Homeland Security announcing on Tuesday that travelers entering the country from any of the three hardest-hit west African nations would have to fly through one of five airports conducting Ebola screenings. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control announced that passengers from the three West African nations will be monitored for 21 days after arriving in the United States. – The Atlantic
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5 Responses to Mali reports first Ebola case – deadly virus spreads to 6th African country

  1. davidh7426 says:

    Ebola may be confined to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone at the moment, with the odd case being carried over the borders by individuals to the neighbouring countries.

    But eventually things will get so bad in those three countries that it’s inhabitants will believe that if they wish to live, they’ll have no other choice but to migrate. and no matter how many troops you use to close the borders, the migrants, and the carriers among them, will get through, and start to spread the Ebola infection in a huge wave across the western half of Africa.

    In fact I’m surprised we’re not seeing signs of this already. There’s probably small villages that have fallen out of touch with their neighbours, playing host to Ebola, and too afraid to tell the authorities for fear of an adverse reaction.

    Ebola has, I suspect, long passed the point where mankind can stop it, all we can do is hold on and hope we survive the ride.


  2. mklm1965 says:

    I am suspicious because it has NOT spread yet. Isn’t that weird???
    The infection just sticking around in these 3 areas?
    Maybe they got it through some vaccines.


  3. Texas Ranger says:

    Yes Ebola is spreading and, travel speeds the spreading!

    Ebola Can Spread by Air in Cold, Dry Weather Common to the U.S.

    U.S. Army: Ebola Goes Airborne Once Temperature Drops
    Ebola can go airborne but hasn’t in West Africa because it’s too warm, researchers conclude.

    Help Reduce the Risk of Spreading Ebola!


    • Yellow Bird says:

      Official Words in the text (below the inflammatory headlines) continue to be “might”… “may”… “possible”… “theoretically”…ad nauseum…
      ever consider just how much speculating the Experts continually do, and why its ok if its done by an Expert


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