Ebola crisis: Mali says it has no more cases 18 January 2015 Last updated at 17:32 ET


Mali’s health minister says the country is now free of the Ebola virus, after 42 days without a new case of the disease.

Health workers in Mali

Mali recorded its first case of Ebola in October

“I declare this day… the end of the epidemic of the Ebola virus in Mali,” said Ousmane Kone.

The last Ebola-infected patient in Mali recovered and left hospital in early December.

Latest figures show the three West African countries worst affected have all seen a decline in new Ebola cases.

Sierra Leone and Guinea both recorded the lowest weekly total of confirmed Ebola cases since August, according to UN figures on Thursday.

Liberia, which reported no new cases on two days last week, had its lowest weekly total since June.

The overall death toll has reached 8,429 with 21,296 cases so far.

Mali recorded its first case of Ebola in October, when a two-year-old from Guinea fell ill and died.

At its worst, there were 300 contact cases under investigation in the country.

But the country has now “come out” of the epidemic, said Ibrahima Soce Fall, the head of the Malian office of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UMEER).

The incubation period for Ebola is 21 days, and countries must be free of new cases for two consecutive incubation periods, 42 days, to be declared free of the virus.

A health worker attends to a patient at the maternity ward in the government hospital in Koidu, Kono district in eastern Sierra Leone, December 20, 2014

Ebola virus disease (EVD)

  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Spread by body fluids, such as blood and saliva
  • Fatality rate can reach 90% – but current outbreak has mortality rate of about 70%
  • Incubation period is two to 21 days
  • There is no proven vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus’s natural host

Ebola basics: What you need to know

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Both Democrats and Republicans Are Trying to Politicize Ebola – By Margaret Hartmann October 14, 2014 3:16 a.m.


A man treats the Dallas home of the second person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. on October 12, 2014. Photo: Mike Stone/2014 Getty Images

Republicans were the first to try to capitalize on Americans’ Ebola fears, with many in the GOP calling on the president to ban travelers from West Africa (though experts said this would worsen the crisis), and others worrying that Ebola patients could enter the U.S. across the southern border (though there are no Ebola cases in Mexico). Others have stoked fears about the federal government’s competency in general, such as Senator Rand Paul, who warned, “This could get beyond our control.”

Now Democrats are joining in. Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, helped set off a round of finger-pointing over budget cuts when he told the Huffington Post on Friday, “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”

On Monday the Agenda Project, a progressive group, took things way further with a one-minute ad titled “Republican Cuts Kill.”

Erica Payne, the group’s president, told the New York Times that the ad will run in Kentucky, and hopefully other states with close Senate races, adding, “If somebody hands me $2 million, I’ll run it in every state in this country.”

Republicans were the first to try to capitalize on Americans’ Ebola fears, with many in the GOP calling on the president to ban travelers from West Africa (though experts said this would worsen the crisis), and others worrying that Ebola patients could enter the U.S. across the southern border (though there are no Ebola cases in Mexico). Others have stoked fears about the federal government’s competency in general, such as Senator Rand Paul, who warned, “This could get beyond our control.”

Now Democrats are joining in. Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, helped set off a round of finger-pointing over budget cuts when he told the Huffington Post on Friday, “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”

On Monday the Agenda Project, a progressive group, took things way further with a one-minute ad titled “Republican Cuts Kill.”

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