Mali’s First Ebola Patient Dies; Health Officials Tracing Contacts Of Girl Who Traveled From Guinea

News outlets report a two-year-old girl has died of Ebola in Mali, the country’s first case, as health officials work to trace her contacts during travel from Guinea.

Agence France-Presse: Mali seeks to contain Ebola fears after girl dies
“Mali authorities on Saturday sought to calm fears after Ebola claimed its first victim in the African country, a contagious toddler who took a 1,000-kilometer bus journey before being treated…” (Cisse, 10/25).

The Guardian: First Ebola case in Mali sparks aid mission by World Health Organization
“The World Health Organization (WHO) is sending experts to help fight Ebola in Mali, a day after a two-year-old girl died in what was the country’s first case of the disease…” (English/Mark, 10/24).

New York Times: Mali Reports First Death From Ebola
“The little girl who became Mali’s first Ebola case has died after a bus journey across two countries that probably exposed dozens of people to the virus, her family, officials, and Malian news websites said Friday afternoon…” (Nossiter, 10/24).

Reuters: Mali’s first Ebola case, a two-year-old girl, dies: officials
“…Mali is the sixth West African nation to record a case of Ebola. Senegal and Nigeria have successfully contained outbreaks and has been declared free of the disease. Spain and the United States have had a few cases…” (Diarra/Diallo, 10/24).

Reuters: Mauritania closes border with Mali over Ebola: officials
“Mauritania has closed its border with Mali after a case of Ebola was confirmed in western Mali near their shared frontier, two Mauritanian officials said on Saturday…” (Diagana/Diarra, 10/25).

Reuters: Mali to keep Guinea border open despite Ebola death — president
“Mali will not close its border with neighboring Guinea after a two-year-old girl infected with Ebola was brought across the frontier by her grandmother and died in Mali this week, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on Saturday…” (10/25).

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