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Dozens of people who came into contact with Mali's first confirmed Ebola patient are isolated, as concerns mount that the epidemic hitting neighboring states could take hold in the war-ravaged country. Mana Rabiee reports.
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This is the dusty town of Keyes, in Mali, the landlocked West African country neighboring Guinea.
It's here that Mali's first confirmed case of Ebola is being treated for the deadly virus.
A two-year-old girl whose relatives brought into the country from Guinea after her mother died of Ebola.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) DR FOFANA BATTE DICKO, CHIEF OF PEDIATRICS, KAYES REGIONAL HOSPITAL, SAYING:
"There's an improvement in the girl's health. Her temperature when she first arrived was 40 degrees, and now it's 38, and she's not bleeding anymore."
Authorities think the girl may have been contagious for several days before she was hospitalized.
Now, several dozen people who came into contact with the the girl have been isolated, including nurses.
But one health official who didn't want to be identified says at least 300 people were in contact with the child.
Diplomatic sources say they're worried this poor nation, which is still battling Islamist insurgents in the north, won't be able to contain an outbreak like the one that's ravaging three neighboring countries.
Concerns are mounting that that the epidemic, which has killed nearly 5,000 people, could take hold in this poor country still pulling itself out of war.