Mauritania closes border with Mali after Ebola death

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Nouakchott, Oct 26: Mauritania has closed its border with Mali after an Ebola death was confirmed in the border area this week, a health official said Saturday.

"The authorities of Nouakchott gave instruction to conduct the closing of the all terrestrial points of passage situated on the border," said Limam Deddeh, physician chief of the border city of Kobonni.

The border closure, which came after the first confirmed Ebola death in Mali, was meant to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus to the local population, said the doctor.

On Friday, a two-year-old girl from Guinea died of the Ebola virus disease in the western Malian town of Kayes, which is situated near the Mauritanian border.

IANS

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