- Aug 19, 2003
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Ebola outbreak: Mali on alert
Staff of the "Doctors without Borders" ("Medecin sans frontieres") medical aid organisation carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever, at a centre for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014.
Mali is on alert over the deadly Ebola virus after three suspected cases were reported near the border with Guinea, where 86 people have died.
A BBC correspondent says there are tight controls on people entering the capital, Bamako, from the border area.
He says thermal-imaging cameras are screening passengers at the airport in case they have a fever.
The virus, which is spread by close contact and kills 25%- 90% of its victims, has already spread to Liberia.
Six people have died in Liberia, out of 12 suspected cases, according to the local health authorities.
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A few days later I noticed that several of those who had been near her had become ill. Then they started dying. ”
'I lost 10 relatives to Ebola'
Sierra Leone has also reported suspected cases, while Senegal has closed its normally busy border with Guinea.
The BBC's Alou Diawara in Bamako says the three people feared to have Ebola have been moved to isolation wards on the the edge of the city.
Samples have been sent to the US for testing and the results are expected in a few days.
Mali's government has advised its national against all non-essential travel to areas affected by Ebola.
The virus was first spotted in Guinea's remote south-eastern region of Gueckedou, where most of the deaths have been recorded.
But it was not confirmed as Ebola for six weeks.
It has now spread to Guinea's capital, Conakry, where five deaths have been recorded out of 12 suspected cases.
Saudi Arabia suspended visas for Muslim pilgrims from Guinea and Liberia on Tuesday, in a sign of the growing unease about the outbreak.
This is the first known outbreak in Guinea - most recent cases have been thousands of miles away in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola.
The tropical virus leads to haemorrhagic fever, causing muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.