Mali now has active Ebola epidemic, dozens quarantined

[M]ali has just joined the growing list of West African nations with an active Ebola epidemic. A few weeks ago, the first case, a 2 year-old child who entered Mali neighboring Guinea, already sick with Ebola, subsequently died in Mali. After the girl’s death, no new cases arose, and it began to look as if Mali may have ‘dodged a bullet’, but news this morning indicates otherwise.

Today, it’s reported that a male nurse who washed the body of an imam who had died in the capital of Bamako with Ebola-like symptoms but was never tested for the disease. Now, the nurse has died of Ebola.

Government agencies have now placed in quarantine dozens of people who came into contact with the nurse and/or the imam. Mali becomes the sixth country in West Africa to experience an active Ebola epidemic.

For more on the outbreak in Mali, see the Reuters report Mali quarantines dozens after Ebola kills second victim | Reuters.