Doctors Without Borders expands Mali Ebola response

A new Ebola case has been discovered in Mali's capital city of Bamako. | Doctors Without Borders/Médécins Sans Frontieres

Doctors Without Borders/Médécins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday that it will expand its efforts in Mali after a new case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever was detected in the capital city of Bamako.

In this current outbreak, six people have died so far, including one patient who died Thursday in the MSF case management center, which is jointly run by the Malian disease center, CNAM.

As part of this expanded effort, CNAM personnel are being trained to handle Ebola cases while implementing transit systems for patients and pursuing safe burial rituals to avoid infection from the recently deceased. The MSF effort also will be expanding to the Mali-Guinea border region, where new cases have been detected.

The MSF team in Mali received additional help last week with the arrival of a new team of health care professionals.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a highly fatal disease, causing excessive vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding from open areas of the body, including nostrils and the eyes. To date, the epidemic that began in December 2013 in West Africa has been the most severe in total number of cases and fatalities.

The outbreak began in Guinea — with it, Liberia and Sierra Leone being the hardest hit countries making up most of the total infections and fatalities.

Quick response to Ebola cases are the best way to get a potential outbreak under control before too much damage is done. 

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