WHO: Mali records five Ebola deaths, five confirmed cases
KONFRONTASI - Mali has recorded five Ebola deaths and five confirmed cases in the country, as the epidemic claims over 5,400 victims around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
The latest Ebola deaths included a two-year-old girl who transported the virus into Mali and later died on October 24, according to the WHO.
However, the child did not pass the deadly virus to anyone else in the country, the health organization added.
All five confirmed deaths in Mali have been linked to a 70-year-old imam from Guinea, who was admitted to the Pasteur Clinic in the capital, Bamako, on October 25, and died two days later, the WHO stated.
Among the deaths are a nurse, a doctor and a friend of the imam.
The imam is recorded as a Guinea case, however, because he developed symptoms in that country.
In order to stop the spread of the virus in Mali, 338 contacts have been identified, of which 303 have been placed under daily surveillance, the WHO noted.
Teams of investigators in Mali have been tracing health workers and scouring cities for people who could have been exposed to the deadly virus.
The virus has been most devastating in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, which have seen the most fatalities with 2,964, 1,250 and 1,192 deaths respectively, the WHO said.
Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding. The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces, or sweat. It can be also spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.[presstv]