Additional cases of Ebola have been reported in the capital of Mali this week, according to a report from the World Health Organization.

There have been six cases and five deaths from Ebola in Mali, with the initial case of a young child unrelated to the five cases reported in the capital, Bamako. The second outbreak began with an imam who crossed the border from Guinea and died in Mali from an undiagnosed condition. Although the man died in Mali, his case has been classified as a case in Guinea, as he developed symptoms there. Of the nearly 400 contacts in Mali, about a quarter are health care workers, the WHO said.

There were more than 1,000 new cases in the past week throughout Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, bringing the total to over 15,100 cases and 5,400 deaths. Currently, Liberia has the most reported cases of Ebola, with nearly 7,100 cases and nearly 3,000 reported deaths. With just over 700 cases in the past week, Sierra Leone has now reported over 6,000 cases and 1,250 deaths. Guinea has reported nearly 2,000 cases and just under 1,200 deaths, according to the WHO.

There have been no new localized cases of Ebola in Spain or in the United States. As of today, 42 days have passed since the last Ebola test came back negative in the unrelated outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the country should soon be declared Ebola free, the WHO reported.

lfranki@frontlinemedcom.com

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