Ebola crisis: Mali confirms second death

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image captionCases continue to rise rapidly in Sierra Leone - one of the countries worst hit by the deadly virus

A Malian nurse has died of Ebola, the second confirmed death from the disease in the country.

Officials say the nurse had treated a man who arrived from Guinea at the Pasteur Clinic in Bamako, and the clinic was now in quarantine.

The latest case is unrelated to the first, when a two-year-old girl died from the disease in late October.

Nearly 5,000 people have been killed in the West African outbreak, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a global health emergency.

The new case in Mali comes a day after the WHO confirmed the release from quarantine of 25 of 100 people who were thought to have come into contact with the two-year-old girl who died on 24 October.

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image captionEbola is transferred through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people

The toddler's case alarmed the authorities in Mali after it was found she had displayed symptoms whilst travelling through the country by bus, including the capital Bamako, on her return from neighbouring Guinea.

Ebola was first identified in Guinea in March, before it spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. The WHO says there are now more than 13,240 confirmed, suspected and probable cases, almost all in these countries.

Cases have also emerged, though on a much smaller scale, in Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the US, as well as in Mali.

Separately on Tuesday, it was confirmed that Morocco would no longer host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak.

In other developments:

  • Sierra Leone is offering $5,000 in compensation to the families of health workers who have died as a result of treating Ebola patients
  • Local leaders of a village in Guinea have gone on hunger strike in protest against the military's presence there after an Ebola awareness team was killed in September
  • The last known person in the US with Ebola, doctor Craig Spencer, has recovered and been released from hospital

Mali launched an emergency response in conjunction with the WHO when the girl's situation came to light. Her family were among those released from quarantine on Monday.

Health department spokesman Markatie Daou said around 50 people were still under observation in Kayes, western Mali, and would be released in a week if they continued to display no symptoms.

Meanwhile, the virus is continuing to spread in Sierra Leone, with almost 300 new infections recorded in the last three days .

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