Mali searches for 39 who shared transport with Ebola girl

A health worker checks the temperature of a woman leaving Guinea at the border with Mali. Credit: Reuters

The World Health Organisation has announced Mali currently has no Ebola cases but 39 people are still being sought after sharing public transport with a two-year-old who died from the disease.

A WHO spokeswoman said 108 contacts were being followed up, including 33 health workers, but epidemiologists believe the 39 contacts who have not been traced are at low risk, as they areunlikely to have had physical contact with the sick toddler.

The girl's five-year-old sister had a fever and was tested and found to be suffering from malaria, not Ebola.

Other family members are under observation in the same hospital and doing well, with no fever or other symptoms, the WHO said.