Deadly Ebola virus spreads beyond Guinea borders, suspected in Mali

Friday, April 4, 2014
By Paul Martin
April 04, 2014

Mali authorities have reported of three suspected cases of fatal Ebola virus. Liberia is now also believed to have witnessed the outbreak, which has killed at least 84people in Guinea and alarmed the world.

“Three suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever have been detected in the country. Samples have been taken and sent abroad for analysis,” said Ousmane Kone, Health Minister of Mali, West Africa, according to AFP.

The samples of the virus were sent to scientists to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now Mali authorities are waiting for the results, which will be made public as soon as they are known.

All three patients have been isolated and received appropriated medication. According to Mali’s government, the condition of the patients is improving.

Meanwhile, Liberia also reported about the first case of a deadly disease which has originated within its own borders and has no connections with the outbreak in Guinea, where it all started. The results of the sample testing are pending. However, if confirmed, the case in the eastern Liberian town of Tapeta would mark a worrying development in the fight against the deadly virus.

“We have a case in Tapeta where a hunter who has not had any contact with anyone coming from Guinea got sick… This an a isolated case.” chief medical officer Bernice Dahn told AFP, adding that the man died 30 minutes after being rushed to the local hospital.

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