Algeria on alert after Ebola death in Mali

The death of the first case of Ebola in Mali made Algerian authorities realize that the virus was getting closer to Algeria's southern border

Algeria on alert after Ebola death in Mali

World Bulletin/News Desk

Algeria has raised alert levels on its southern border following an Ebola virus-induced death in Mali, an Algerian Health Ministry official said Saturday.

The official, who asked not to be named, told Anadolu Agency that the death of the first case of Ebola in Mali made Algerian authorities realize that the virus was getting closer to Algeria's southern border.

He said Algerian health authorities would closely monitor the health situation in Algeria's southern neighbors Mali and Niger to prevent a virus movement into Algeria.

"Algeria will also offer immediate aid to Mali to help it combat the virus," the Algerian health official said, noting that the Algerian Health Ministry had asked the government in Mali to send it a list of its urgent needs in this regard.

Algerian Health Minister Abdelmalek Boudiaf said last week that his ministry would use a special detector at ports, seaports and southern border crossing points to detect any incoming Ebola infection.

On Friday, Mali reported the death of a two-year-old girl because of Ebola. The World Health Organization said the girl had travelled hundreds of kilometers while carrying the deadly virus.

The organization added that the girl might have transmitted the contagion to more than 40 people who directly dealt with her in the health sector.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ekim 2014, 23:00

Muhammed Öylek

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