Mali declares itself Ebola-free

Monday, January 19, 2015
Ebola virus virion [PHOTO: PHIL/CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith]

Bamako: Heath Minister Ousmane Kone made the announced  West African country is Ebola-free after recording no new cases for 42 days, timeframe required for the World Health Organization to declare an outbreak officially over.

A new WHO report says Mali moved quickly to contain an outbreak when the first case was reported in October in a two-year-old girl from Guinea. It said, in all, six people in Mali died from the disease.

The WHO reported last week that the Ebola outbreak in three other West African countries - Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone - is starting to wane.

But it warns that the epidemic is still not over and that there are places where the virus is spreading.
More than 8,400 people worldwide, most of them in West Africa, have died as a result of the current outbreak, the largest on record.
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