Via MyJoyOnline.com: First suspected case of Ebola disease recorded at KATH: claims one life. Excerpt:
The first suspected case of Ebola disease has been recorded at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi.
The case is said to have resulted in the death of the victim, a 12-year-old girl. Health officials in the Ashanti Region held an emergency meeting over the case earlier Sunday, April 6, 2014.
The victim was first admitted at the paediatric unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital with symptoms of fever and bleeding.
Confirming the incident to Joy News, deputy director of Public Health in the Ashanti region, Dr. Joseph Oduro said blood samples of the patient have already been sent to the Noguchi Memorial research institute in Accra for testing.
The test result, he noted, is expected to be known within 72 hours.
According to Dr. Oduro, it was during a post mortem that it was detected that the victim had internal bleeding.
He noted that the issue is alarming since neighbouring countries like Guinea and Liberia among other countries, have recorded cases of the viral infection.
The deputy director of Public Health in the Ashanti region further requested the members of public to immediately report any symptom experienced, to the nearest hospital.
The disease has already killed dozens of people in neighbouring Guinea. Cases have also been reported in Liberia and lately Mali.
Over 70 people have died so far in Guinea alone since the outbreak begun a little over a month ago.
Meanwhile, there is no known cure or vaccine for the haemorrhagic fever.
It is spread by close personal contact with people who are infected and kills between 25% and 90% of victims. Symptoms include internal and external bleeding, diarrhoea and vomiting.
But the ministry of health is asking the general public to ignore reports of an Ebola outbreak in the country until the test result is released.
I'm not sure this answers my questions: Kumasi is about 160 km (100 miles) north of Accra. That doesn't really affect travel times from Mali. But she was bleeding in some obvious way when she entered the hospital, and the post-mortem discovery of internal bleeding only confirmed that something bad had happened to her.