Mali Reports First Possible Case of Ebola

CONAKRY, GUINEA (EARTHTHREATS.COM) — Mali has identified its first possible case of Ebola, officials said. This comes after an outbreak in neighboring Guinea, adding fears that the virus was spreading across West Africa.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned that this outbreak could turn into a deadly epidemic in the region which has poor health services. The deadly virus has claimed more than 90 in Guinea and Liberia so far.

Officials in Mali said that three people had been places in quarantine and samples were taken and sent to the Center for disease control (CDC) in the U.S. State of Georgia and that a “A high-speed intervention team has been created to follow the evolution of the situation on the ground,” the statement said.

The latest outbreak originated in Guinea two months ago and has since spread to its neighbors Sierra Leone and Liberia. Gambia has placed two people in quarantine although the Health Ministry since said the cases were negative, Reuters reported Friday.