Mali announces end of its Ebola outbreak

Mali’s health minister says the West African country is Ebola-free after recording no new cases for 42 days, the period required for the World Health Organisation to declare an outbreak officially over.

Health Minister Ousmane Kone made the announcement last night.

Mali recorded its first Ebola case in October, then nearly eradicated the disease before a new wave of cases occurred in November. In total, the disease infected eight people, killing six of them, according to the WHO.

Ebola has killed more than 8 400 people in West Africa, with the overwhelming majority of those deaths occurring in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

David Nabarro, the United Nations special envoy on Ebola, said this past week that at least 50 hotspots remained in those countries, though new cases are declining.

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