First Ebola case confirmed in Mali

October 24, 2014 12:46 AM

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Mali has reported its first case of Ebola, marking a major setback for West African efforts to contain the deadly virus that now has affected six countries in the region and left nearly 5000 dead.

Health Minister Ousmane Kone made the announcement on Malian television late on Thursday, saying that the patient was a two-year-old girl who had come from neighbouring Guinea, where the Ebola epidemic began last December.

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