Via ReliefWeb, an AFP report with an update on the suspected cases in Mali: West Africa gears up to fight Ebola, killer fevers. Excerpt:
Several west African countries geared up on Friday to tackle killer haemorraghic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed more than 80 lives in Guinea and just seen suspect cases emerge in Mali, after Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The health minister in Mali, one of Guinea's several neighbours, late Thursday announced three suspect cases of Ebola and said the victims had been placed in isolation, while test samples were sent to the US Center for Disease Control.
On Friday morning, Health Minister Ousmane Kone told AFP that the patients "are doing better. For example, we haven't observed ... bleeding."
External and internal bleeding is among the symptoms of highly contagious Ebola, which kills up to 90 percent of patients in its most virulent strain.
Oumar Sangare of the national health directorate said that all three patients were Malian citizens who "worked in a border zone between Mali and Guinea".
"They were separately spotted when they arrived by road on Malian soil in (the capital) Bamako or at the entrance" to the city, he said.
Mali's authorities have warned people against "unnecessary travel to epidemic zones."
The nation worst hit by the latest outbreak is Guinea, where haemorrhagic fever has killed 86 people out of 137 cases registered since January, according to the latest government toll.
The World Health Organisation said Friday that it is monitoring "just under 400" cases in the country.