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Quick Public Health Actions Helped Prevent Spread Of Ebola In Mali

Media sources report on the public health investigations and contact tracing that helped prevent the spread of Ebola from an infected two-year-old girl who crossed the border from Guinea to Mali.

Los Angeles Times: How Ebola spread to Mali: The lessons learned
“…WHO officials helped the ministries of health in Mali and Guinea trace what happened to the family of the two-year-old girl, who was diagnosed in the western city of Kayes on Oct. 23 and died the following day…” (Zavis, 11/10).

New York Times: In Quick Response, Mali Thwarts an Ebola Outbreak
“Using old-fashioned detective work, public health workers in Mali, one of the world’s poorest nations, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, tracked and quarantined 108 people in two cities and a few roadside towns who may have had contact with a two-year-old girl from Guinea who died of Ebola on Oct. 24…” (McNeil/Höije, 11/10).

Reuters: Mali due to declare 108 Ebola-free after quarantine
“…Mali became the sixth West African country to report a case of Ebola when a two-year-old girl died last month, leading to an urgent search for anyone who may have been infected during her 1,200-km bus trip from Guinea to the Malian town of Kayes…” (Miles, 11/10).

WHO: Mali case, Ebola imported from Guinea
“Investigations undertaken by Ministries of Health in Mali and Guinea, assisted by WHO, have clarified the early exposure history of Mali’s first Ebola case. The index case in Mali, a two-year-old girl who resided with her family in the urban commune of Beyla, Guinea, was diagnosed with Ebola, in Kayes, Mali, on 23 October and died on the following day…” (11/10).

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