Ebola Spreads To Mali, Becomes Sixth West African Nation To Face Disease
Ebola. It seems to be spreading from here to Timbuktu. Literally …
Luke 21:10-11, “Then He said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven…’”
By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo, Reuters – “Mali confirmed its first case of Ebola on Thursday, becoming the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 4,900 people.
Mali’s Health Minister Ousmane Kone told state television that the patient in the western town of Kayes was a two-year-old girl who had recently arrived from neighboring Guinea, where the outbreak began.
‘The condition of the girl, according to our services, is improving thanks to her rapid treatment,’ the minister told state television.
A health ministry official, who asked not to be identified, said the girl’s mother died in Guinea a few weeks ago and the baby was brought by relatives to the Malian capital Bamako, where she stayed for 10 days in the Bagadadji neighborhood before heading to Kayes.
A ministry statement said the girl, who came from the Guinean town of Kissidougou, was admitted at the Fousseyni Daou hospital in Kayes on Wednesday night, where she was promptly tested for Ebola.
People who came into contact with the patient in Kayes have been identified and placed under watch, the minister said, but he appealed to any person who believed they may have had contact with the girl to step forward.” Read more.
How Many Ebola Cases Are There Really? – “Every couple of days, the World Health Organization (WHO) issues a ‘situation update’ on the Ebola epidemic, with new numbers of cases and deaths for each of the affected countries. These numbers ― 9216 and 4555 respectively, according to Friday’s update ― are instantly reported and tweeted around the world. They’re also quickly translated into ever-more frightening graphics by people who follow the epidemic closely, such as virologist Ian Mackay of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and Maia Majumder, a Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge who visualizes the data on her website and publishes projections on HealthMap, an online information system for outbreaks. But it’s widely known that the real situation is much worse than the numbers show because many cases don’t make it into the official statistics.” Read more.