UN expands Ebola mission to Mali – Sydney Morning Herald

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“Decisive national action combined with international support today will help to prevent a spread of the outbreak in Mali to crisis proportions tomorrow,” Ban said.

The UN chief said Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita requested the UN’s assistance after the country recorded a total of six Ebola deaths.

In the country’s first Ebola case, a two-year-old girl who contracted the disease in neighbouring Guinea died without transmitting the virus.

The second wave of infections was brought in by an imam from Guinea – whose subsequent death has been reclassified as a Guinean case – who transmitted Ebola to at least five people. Hundreds of others who have come into contact with him are being monitored.

Ban noted that while the overall rate of Ebola transmissions has slowed down in the three worst-affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the international community needs to keep up its efforts to stop the disease.

“I appeal to the international community to stay engaged,” Ban said.

“If we continue to accelerate our response, we can contain and end the outbreak by the middle of next year.”

Briefing the UN Security Council in New York, David Nabarro, UN special envoy on Ebola, said that a total of $US1.5 billion ($A1.62 billion) was needed through to next March to stop the outbreak.

In previous months, the UN estimated the initial cost of stopping Ebola to be about $US1 billion, with funding levels now at about $US800 million ($A865.57 million).

“The international community must maintain its urgent response,” Nabarro said.

“If we take our eye off the ball, case numbers will rise again, and we will all count the cost.”

The Security Council statement welcomed the robust international effort to stop the spread of the disease and called for continued assistance.

WHO said this week that Ebola is no longer rampant across all of Liberia and Guinea, while transmission continues across large parts of Sierra Leone.

In Switzerland, the Geneva University Hospitals started treating a 43-year-old Cuban doctor who contracted the virus while working in Sierra Leone.

The Cuban is the first Ebola patient being treated in Switzerland.

Ebola has taken a heavy toll among health care workers. WHO said 588 have fallen ill and 337 have died.



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