More than 10,000 Ebola cases in eight countries

The number of people infected with the Ebola virus has passed 10,000, with 4992 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation, as the United States announced its ambassador to the United Nations would visit the three worst-affected West African nations.

It says 10,141 people have been diagnosed with the deadly disease, which is an increase from the previous estimate of about nine thousand cases.

Almost five thousand people have died from the virus, which has hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the hardest. Washington’s ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, was set to land in the capital of Guinea, Conakry, last night.

Mali became the latest nation to record a death when a two-year-old girl died there on Saturday. More than 40 people known to have come into contact with her have been placed in quarantine.

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita told French radio:  “We are doing everything to prevent panic and psychosis.

“Since the start of this epidemic, we in Mali took all measures to be safe, but we can never hermetically seal ourselves from this,” he said. “Guinea is a neighbouring country, we have a common border that we have not closed and that we will not close.”

Mauritania, which neighbours Mali,  reinforced controls on its border, according to local sources.

The WHO said it was treating the situation in Mali as an “emergency” because the toddler had travelled for hundreds of kilometres on public transport with her grandmother while showing symptoms of the disease – meaning that she was contagious.

Full article: More than 10,000 Ebola cases in eight countries (Sidney Morning Herald)

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