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Mali Again Declared Free of Ebola

Andrew Mach | PBS   in 
December 2, 2014

The president of Mali declared the country free of Ebola on Saturday as the number of people who have been infected with the virus across West Africa rose above 16,000.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said the last patient known to be suffering from the virus in Mali had been successfully treated, Reuters reported.

“The suspected case turned out to be negative and the day before yesterday we had the good news of the first cured case of Ebola so I can now say zero cases in Mali,” Keita said at a summit in Senegal.

Six people have died from Ebola infection in Mali out of eight registered cases, the World Health Organization said this week. An additional 285 people are believed to have come into contact with the virus and are being monitored.

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