Mali Places Hundreds Under Watch to Stem Ebola
Bamako – Mali says it has placed more than 440 people who may have been exposed to Ebola under surveillance as it battles to contain the spread of the deadly tropical virus.
The west African nation has been scrambling to prevent an minor outbreak turning into a major crisis after the deaths of a Guinean imam and the Malian nurse who treated him in the capital Bamako.
A friend who had visited the imam in the Pasteur clinic also died of probable Ebola and a 2-year-old child died in an unconnected case in the western town of Kayes in October.
“The number of contacts followed by health services amounts to 442. They have all been placed under observation for health control,” Samba Sow, of the Ebola emergency operations centre, said in a statement late on Sunday.