Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Mali strengthen its border controls to face #Ebola

The Mali strengthen its border controls to face Ebola
November 13, 2014 16:33 PM

North, South, airplane, overbilling, justice ... Bamako (Reuters) - Mali has tightened sanitary controls at its borders but has no intention of closing them after the arrival of Guinea a man with Ebola fever that has infected several people, including a nurse who died of the disease.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has also asked the World Health Organization (WHO), the health services in Mali and neighboring countries hers to set up a permanent mechanism for exchange of information on public health and hygiene.

The results of the current Ebola outbreak now exceeds 5,160 deaths in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the latter sharing a border with Mali 800 km.

"The President of the Republic has asked the Prime Minister to review uncompromising the whole system set up in the framework of the prevention and the fight against Ebola virus disease, and strengthen controls and to cordon various border crossings, "said a statement released Wednesday night by the government.

The death of the nurse Mali Bamako Tuesday led to quarantine more than 90 people.

The young man was the second person formally affected by the disease in Mali. He may have contracted virus haemorrhagic fever in treating a patient came to Guinea.

This contamination had no connection with that of a two year old girl from Guinea, who died last month.

A doctor at the Pasteur Clinic in Bamako have been in contact with the nurse who died may have been too infected by the virus.

The Malian authorities are now looking for all the people who may be coming into contact with the nurse and recently with three other infected people.

WHO has reported for Mali four confirmed or probable deaths Ebola virus.

(Tiemoko Diallo, Marc Angrand for the French service)