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France to screen Mali arrivals for Ebola

Masks used by volunteers to work in Ebola-hit areas at a training session in Paris
Masks used by volunteers to work in Ebola-hit areas at a training session in Paris Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France has extended its Ebola airport screening procedures to cover passengers flying into Paris from Mali after the west African country confirmed its second case of the deadly virus.

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"As part of the fight against Ebola and because of the evolution of the epidemiological situation, the control and monitoring will be extended to cover passenger flights from Bamako [Mali] from Saturday 15 November 2014," a health ministry statement said.

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Passengers flying into Paris’s Charles de Gaulle and Orly international airports will have their temperatures taken and will be given information on what to do in the case of a fever running higher than 38°C within 21 days.

They will also be asked to provide information that will be kept by French health authorities for 21 days - the maximum incubation period of the virus.

The decision comes after Mali on Friday reported three Ebola-related deaths out of four cases that had tested positive for the disease.

These cases are in addition to Mali’s first Ebola case, a two-year-old girl who travelled by road from Guinea into Mali.

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She died on 24 October.

Last month France began screening Air France passengers flying directly from Ebola-hit Guinea to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, along with some ships that had travelled from west Africa’s Ebola hot spots.

The Ebola virus has killed more than 5,000 people so far, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

As concern grows over the new wave of cases, the French government on Friday updated its website to advise against all but essential travel to Bamako and Kayes, the western region where the girl died.
 

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