Via ReliefWeb, good news from AFP: No cases of Ebola fever in Mali confirmed after analysis (government). Excerpt from a Google translation:
The laboratory analysis of ten samples of suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever in Mali have excluded the presence of Ebola virus in this country, where no new suspected cases have been recorded, said Tuesday the Malian government.
Following the first suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever detected on Malian soil in early April, the authorities had sent a total of ten samples from reference laboratories in the United States and Senegal they are tested for Ebola, explained Minister of Health, Ousmane Koné, during a press conference in Bamako.
"All ten samples (a) given a negative result. This means that today's date, Mali knows no suspect or confirmed cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever," said M . Koné.
"Nevertheless, we recommended our structures to remain vigilant and keep control with the same rigor," said he added.
Asked about the fate of patients initially considered suspects, the minister's entourage said they remained under medical supervision, but without providing further details.
April 3, Bamako announced it had found three suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever, which were immediately placed in isolation until the results of the analysis of samples taken from them.
All working in an area on the border between Mali and neighboring Guinea, countries experiencing an epidemic of viral haemorrhagic fever in part due to Ebola, according to the Ministry of Health.
According to the latest toll released Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 168 cases of hemorrhagic fever (including 108 deaths) have been reported since the beginning of the year in Guinea. Of these 168 cases, 71 were confirmed by laboratory analysis to be due to Ebola.
The Ebola virus, highly contagious, spread to neighboring Liberia where six cases were confirmed on 26 suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever, including 13 deaths, according to the same report, which had reported six suspected cases in Mali all under medical observation pending the results of the analyzes.
As explained by the Minister Ousmane Koné, the ten samples examined include samples from the first suspected cases, as well as other made later.
"We had the advantage of receiving the support of a U.S. high-level institute in our laboratories, in collaboration with our research structures. Together, we examined ten samples" consist of "nine cases and blood taken from a corpse came from the Guinea" cell, said Mr. Koné.
Ousmane Koné and his ministry have handled this very well, despite an unfortunate riot in Bamako over the siting of the suspected cases. The ministry's communiques on its website have been concise and reliable; that conveyed the seriousness of the situation far better than political rhetoric ever could.