Mali needs to be "on high alert all the time" to prevent Ebola

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Mali needs to be on high alert all the time as long as there is Ebola in any neighbouring country, according to the UN Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease.

Dr David Nabarro was in Mali to meet with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and discuss the country's efforts to ensure Ebola is contained.

So far 6,070 people have died from Ebola mainly in three West African countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Although it has been reported that Mali no longer has any cases of Ebola, Dr Nabarro said vigilance should not be reduced.

The important thing in any monitoring is to make certain that we understand what is going on and that the people themselves have confidence that the transmission can be properly handled.  What I simply want to say is this monitoring is key and it is important that people let themselves be monitored through daily examination.”  (19″)

David Nabarro added that the outbreak is not completely ended until the last person with Ebola is under treatment.

In late November, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) opened an office in Mali to support the country's prevention efforts.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

Duration:  1’14″

 

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