A story the newshounds on FluTrackers and elsewhere have been watching (see FluTrackers Thread) most of the day has concerned reports of a suspected second Ebola case in Mali, unrelated to the first case, a 2 year-old who traveled while ill from Guinea in October. .
Over the past few hours several media sources have reported that a nurse has died and has tested positive for Ebola. The nurse had reportedly treated a patient from Guinea, who also died but who was not tested.
Details are still scant, but a couple of major newswire reports include:
Bamako (AFP) - Mali has suffered a new case of Ebola infection -- separate from its only other one detected last month -- with the death of a nurse who treated a patient from Guinea, medical sources said late Tuesday.
"The nurse, who had been in contact with a Guinean national who died of the illness, died in turn," said official at the Pasteur Clinic in the capital Bamako, where the male nurse worked.
Tests had confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus, the official added.
BAMAKO Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:15pm EST
(Reuters) - The government of Mali confirmed the country's second case of Ebola late on Tuesday and police deployed outside a clinic in the capital, Bamako, that authorities said had been quarantined.
In a statement via Twitter, Mali's Information Minister Mahamadou Camara said "prevention measures" were being taken, but gave no details on the case. Local officials and diplomats said the new case was unrelated to the first one last month.
While it was beginning to look as if Mali had dodged a bullet with their first introduction of the virus last month – as the 21 day monitoring period for contacts is coming to a close – this latest case restarts the clock, and will set off another intensive round of contact tracing and monitoring.
The fact that the nurse has died, and a doctor at the clinic is reportedly ill, suggests there will be plenty of contacts who must be followed up on in the coming days.