Mali: health worker dies of Ebola

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In Mali a 25-year-old nurse has died of Ebola.

She had been treating a man from neighbouring Guinea who died after showing symptoms of the disease.

Ninety people have been quarantined as a precaution in the clinic where the nurse worked, one of the capital’s top medical centres and the default clinic for expatriates, including 20 UN peacekeepers.

“You see how everyone is panicking? There is panic in Bamako especially when a Guinean gets cared for in a Malian hospital and now the nurse who cared for him is dead of Ebola,” explained journalist Ibrahima Ouattara.

Meanwhile the World Health Organisation reports “steep increases” in the number of new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone.

In the only treatment centre in the south of the country hundreds of health workers are on strike over unpaid risk allowances.

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has called on the government to pay the staff.

The UN Ebola response mission (UNMEER) warned last week that Sierra Leone has just a fraction of the beds it needs to fight the disease.