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Fears of Ebola virus spur protests in Mali capital city

By Kyle Johnson,

People in Mali began protesting in the country's capital of Bamako because of increasing worry over the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Crowds protested after they learned that there were three suspected cases of the deadly virus in the country, reports The Associated Press. One resident, Ibrahim Coullibally, said some at the protests came away with wounds as police moved quickly to quell the protests.

Health officials are already dealing with trying to keep the outbreak, which is primarily focused in Guinea, though two people have died in the neighboring country of Liberia, from spreading any further. Sierra Leone also is looking into suspected cases there.

Already 86 have died, with nearly all coming from Guinea, according to Bangkok Post. Forty-five deaths have now been confirmed to be Ebola. Those infected in Mali worked along the border between the two countries.

The virus has an up to 90 percent mortality rate and doctors can do little once a person has contracted Ebola other than to put them into isolation and try and make them comfortable. Government officials did note that two people found to be infected have recovered.

Still people are scared, the AP notes. A man vomited on a bus, prompting everyone on board to flee in terror. People have become worried about shaking hands with people and cashiers at a Monrovia grocery store have begun wearing rubber gloves.

A Macenta, Guinea resident, Cece Lohalamou said, "We don't know what sin we have committed so that the Ebola fever has befallen us." Lohalamou added, "We already have enough problems here."

 
 

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