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Ebola epidemic in Mali has ended
The Ebola epidemic in Mali, West Africa, has been officially declared over. As the country's health minister said, no new case of disease had occurred for 42 days. In other countries, the dangerous infectious disease has not yet stopped, despite positive developments.
Ebola epidemic officially ended in Mali In Mali, West Africa, the Ebola epidemic has been officially declared over, the AFP news agency reports. As the Malian Minister of Health Ousmane Koné said in Bamako on Sunday, this was possible because no new cases of the disease had been reported for 42 days. UN representative Ibrahim Soce, who is responsible for combating Ebola in Mali, has confirmed the end of the epidemic. In total, seven people had died of Ebola in Mali.
Minister thanked for the "weeks of intensive work" In a statement by Koné, which was broadcast on television, he said that he was calling for "the end of the Ebola epidemic" for Mali. Although he thanked the authorities and nurses for their "weeks of intensive work", he also called for the strict hygiene standards and protective measures to continue to be observed. According to the minister, the last patient treated for Ebola was tested negative for the virus in early December. Independently of the government, the UN representative also said that Mali had “left the Ebola epidemic behind”. The country adheres strictly to the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO). It is said that two 21-day incubation periods without new cases of Ebola are necessary for a country to be considered free from the epidemic.
Highly contagious viral disease Ebola is a dangerous viral disease that is highly contagious as soon as typical Ebola symptoms such as fever, pain, nausea and vomiting or diarrhea become apparent. The virus is transmitted through body fluids. Nurses are therefore particularly at risk. The West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have been hit hardest by the recent epidemic. As the WHO announced on Thursday, the number of new infections is also falling significantly there. WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic spoke in the context of a "first optimistic signal". Especially in Liberia, the number of new infections has dropped sharply, as was recently reported under the headline: "Ebola: First optimism in Liberia".
Plague has already cost over 8,400 people's lives. On Monday, schools and universities in Guinea are due to reopen almost four months later due to the improved situation. In Liberia, where schools have been closed since the end of July 2014, the start is scheduled for February 2nd. According to the latest information from the WHO, over 8,400 people have now died of Ebola and almost 21,300 people have become infected. Almost all fatalities in the worst affected countries were Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Despite intensive research, there is still no cure or approved vaccine for the disease. In the coming weeks, however, large vaccine studies should start in the epidemic areas. (ad)
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