The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the identification of Ebola patient contacts for daily monitoring has reportedly reached 99 per cent. It said on Wednesday in Washington that based on experiences in Nigeria and Senegal, this achievement could augur well for rapid containment of Mali’s outbreak. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are the three hardest hit countries in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
It said Senegal and Nigeria, which had been affected, are now Ebola-free, while Mali, previously free from the virus, has been re-infected to become the latest country to register Ebola cases. WHO noted that, to date, there are 15,351 reported Ebola cases in eight countries since the outbreak began, with 5,459 reported deaths, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. It expressed concern towards the ongoing chains of transmission of Ebola virus in Mali, with two new cases, bringing to eight the total reported cases in Mali.
WHO said with the support staff from Mali’s Ministry of Health they would be meeting with health officials from Guinea. It said the meeting would be discussing cross-border measures for coordinating control efforts and reducing the likelihood that additional cases would be imported from Guinea into Mali. Meanwhile, UN said as part of its intensified support to both the preparedness and response efforts of the Malian government, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) office would be open in Bamako during the week.