Hope in Liberia, anxiety in Mali as Ebola battle rages

Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Paul Martin

by Zoom Dosso
MedicalXpress.com
November 22, 2014

Liberia has set itself the target of halting Ebola by the end of the year, but the battle is far from over in the rest of west Africa.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Friday that despite gains against the deadly epidemic the new outbreak in Mali was “very worrisome”.

“We must get to zero cases. Ebola is not a disease where you can leave a few cases and say you’ve done enough,” he said at a summit on the epidemic with the leaders of the United Nations, World Health Organization and the International Monetary Fund.

The head of the UN Ebola mission warned that the world was “far, far away” from beating the deadly outbreak and said a huge increase in aid was needed to fight the virus in Africa.

“There is a long battle ahead of us,” Anthony Banbury told the UN Security Council, which met two months after it declared the outbreak a threat to world security.

After the death on Monday of a Sierra Leonean doctor evacuated to the United States, a member of the Cuban medical contingent in Sierra Leone tested positive and was transferred Thursday to Geneva.

A Spanish Doctors Without Borders volunteer, who injured himself while treating an Ebola patient in Mali, was repatriated as a precaution on Friday.

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