Mali & Other Countries On Alert Over Outbreak Of Deadly Ebola Virus
Mali has been placed on alert over the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The disease, which has no known cure or vaccine, is reported to have killed more than 86 people near the country’s border with Guinea and has already spread to Liberia.
According to the BBC, tight controls are already in place on those entering the Mali capita, Bamako, and thermal-imaging cameras are being used to screen passengers at the airport should they have the fever. Senegal has also closed its border with Guinea following reports of suspected cases in Sierra Leone.
Meanwhile, an Air France plane which landed in Paris from Guinea was quarantined for two hours on Friday morning after the crew suspected a passenger was infected with Ebola. However, it turned out to be a false alarm.
How Ebola Virus Spreads
Ebola spreads via close contact with bodily fluids and kills up to 90% of its victims. Symptoms include hemorrhagic fever, muscle pain, weakness, vomitting, diarrhoea and, in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding. Those infected with the virus are often moved to isolation wards and their symptoms treated in the hospital.
Foreign Countries React
Saudi Arabia has become one of the first countries outside Africa to react to the Ebola epidemic by suspending visas for Muslim pilgrims from Guinea and Liberia on Tuesday. This is the first known outbreak of Ebola in the West African region. Previously reported outbreaks have been several thousands of miles away in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.