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Mali reports 3 suspected cases of Ebola fever

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:20am
The Associated Press
 
              In this photo taken on Saturday, March 29, 2014, medical personnel at the emergency entrance of a hospital receive suspected Ebola virus patients in Conakry, Guinea. Senegal has closed its land border with neighboring Guinea to prevent the spread of the Ebola outbreak, which has killed at least 70 people. Senegal's Interior Ministry announced the border closure Saturday. It also said officials in the southern region of Kolda closed a weekly market which draws thousands of people from the neighboring West African countries of Guinea, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. Guinea confirmed last week that several victims of hemorrhagic fever in the country's southern region had tested positive for Ebola. (AP Photo/ Youssouf  Bah)

Health officials in Mali say they are investigating three suspected cases of Ebola amid an outbreak in two other West African countries.

In a government statement released late Thursday, Malian officials said they were awaiting test results from samples sent to the United States. It said the three patients have been placed into isolation for observation.

An Ebola outbreak was confirmed late last month in Guinea, where at least 84 people have died. Two confirmed deaths also have been reported in neighboring Liberia.

Ebola is one of the deadliest diseases on Earth, killing up to 90 percent of those who contract the strain of the virus found in Guinea.

It's the first time Ebola has been reported in the affected countries; other outbreaks have taken place in Central Africa.

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