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Girl, two,who was first confirmed case of Ebola in Mali dies as outbreak fears grow after news that the child was exposed to many while riding buses
- Child, who had recently arrived from neighboring Guinea, where outbreak began, died on Friday
- She tested positive at hospital in Malian town of Kayes on Wednesday
- WHO assistant director had been ‘reasonably confident’ Ebola would not spread to Mali
- There are now new fears of an outbreak as the girl was exposed to many while riding buses
- Top Red Cross official has said it will take up to six months to get Ebola under control as hunt continues for vaccine
The young girl who just two days ago became the first confirmed case of Ebola in Mali has passed away.
The two-year-old had recently arrived from neighboring Guinea, where the outbreak began.
The child was brought to a hospital in the Malian town of Kayes – which is about 375 miles from the capital of Bamako – on Wednesday, and her blood sample tested positive for the virus.
Now, there are new outbreak fears as WHO has revealed the girl was exposed to an unknown number of people while riding on buses.
This after it was reported yesterday, ‘The condition of the girl, according to our services, is improving thanks to her rapid treatment.’
It was also reported yesterday that, ‘The sick child and the people who were in contact with her in Kayes were immediately identified and taken care of.’
This has now been thrown into question with news that the girl had traveled with her grandmother hundreds of kilometers by bus from Guinea via Mali’s capital to the western town of Kayes.