Mali races to head off Ebola outbreak after second death

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Paul Martin

Nurse dies as country was close to being given all clear after its first case of the disease

David Smith
GuardianUK
Wednesday 12 November 2014

Mali is racing to control a fresh Ebola outbreak after confirming its second death from the disease, just when it appeared the country would be given the all clear.

Officials said a 25-year-old nurse died on Tuesday after treating a man who arrived from Guinea at a clinic in the Malian capital, Bamako. The clinic is now in quarantine and under police guard.

Thirty one people are isolated at the clinic, 16 of them are patients, the rest are staff, according to hospital director Dramane Maiga.

The fatality was not related to Mali’s first case, the death of a two-year-old girl travelling home from Guinea to the north-western town of Kayes last month.There had not been any confirmed cases since then and 108 people linked to the girl were due to complete their 21-day quarantine period on Tuesday.

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