Mali reports five deaths from Ebola

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In Unification Town, Liberia young men take on the grim job of burying the dead lost to the Ebola virus currently devastating West Africa. (Sep 2014) © Kieran Kesner/IRIN

The West African nation of Mali has reported five deaths from the Ebola disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

More than 5,000 people have died in the outbreak this year mainly in three countries in the region, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

WHO said it is working closely with the Government of Mali to keep Ebola from spreading.

Stéphane Dujarric, is the UN Spokesperson.

"WHO is currently assisting the Government of Mali to identify all potential chains of transmission, monitor contacts, and prevent the outbreak from growing larger. To date, 554 contacts have been identified and nearly all have been placed under surveillance."  (16″)

Meanwhile, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has intensified its emergency response to Ebola in Mali, increasing food and water delivery, and providing support on hygiene and sanitation.

UNICEF is bringing additional support to local clinics, particularly in the area close to the frontier with Guinea.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

Duration:  1’01″

 

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