Via The New York Times: Officials Revise Goals on Containing Ebola After Signs of Wider Exposure in Mali. Excerpt:
Most of the cases have been in the three most afflicted countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Yet the focus of the message of Mr. Ban and Dr. Chan was their concern about Mali, a vast country where the government does not have full control and where a United Nations peacekeeping force is deployed. At least six people in Mali have died of Ebola.
A successful effort to halt Ebola infections in Mali last month, prompted by an infected 2-year-old from Guinea, has now been overshadowed by a second and far more serious source of infection, from an imam who also had come from Guinea. His symptoms had been misdiagnosed as a kidney problem after he traveled to Bamako, the capital, to seek treatment.
Dr. Chan said nearly 500 people in Mali and Guinea had come into contact with the imam.
Mr. Ban said that a team led by Dr. Chan was headed to Mali and that a new support center would be established there.
Dr. Chan was blunt about the potential for a worsening situation in Mali.
“We are scaling up our action,” she told reporters, adding, “We must smother this little fire, little smoke, before it gets out of control.”
The W.H.O.’s own figures tell a worrying story about the progress in containing the virus. Only 26 percent of the necessary Ebola treatment centers were up and running this week, and barely a fraction of the smaller community care centers that health experts now say are more needed. Fewer than one-fourth of reported cases were isolated, with Sierra Leone reporting only 13 percent.
At the Security Council meeting on Friday afternoon, it became clear that two months after the world promised to rally to help the affected countries of West Africa, there remained significant shortfalls, even as diplomats said international aid had made a difference.
“It would be reckless to think that just because we hit some of our benchmarks, we have contained the virus’s deadly spread,” said Samantha Power, the United States ambassador.
Thomas Mauget, an aid worker speaking by video link from Conakry, the capital of Guinea, raised the alarm about new hot spots emerging in the country, saying “international mobilization must be intensified.”
The imam died on Monday, October 27 and (I assume) was buried in Guinea by Friday, October 31 at the latest. We are now 21 days past that day. If cases related to his funeral rites have emerged, they have not yet been identified as such.