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The 2-Year-Old Girl Who Was Mali's First Ebola Patient Has Died

The girl recently arrived from Guinea accompanied by her grandmother, according to World Health Organization officials.

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The 2-year-old girl who was Mali's first Ebola patient has died, CNN reported Friday.

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The government of Mali announced the first case of Ebola within the country's borders on Thursday.

Government officials made the announcement on state TV Thursday, saying a 2-year-old girl had tested positive for the virus following a visit to Guinea, the Associated Press reported.

The World Health Organization said that the girl's mother died in Guinea of Ebola and the grandmother traveled from Mali for the funeral and was taking the child back home with her. The girl was already symptomatic when the pair left for Mali, WHO said in a statement on Friday.

The girl was admitted to the hospital on Oct. 21 with symptoms including a fever, cough, and bleeding from the nose.

Those who came into contact with the girl while she was in Kayes have been placed under watch. "Multiple opportunities for exposure occurred when the child was visibly symptomatic," WHO said.

"WHO is treating the situation in Mali as an emergency. The child's symptomatic state during the bus journey is especially concerning, as it presented multiple opportunities for exposures – including high-risk exposures - involving many people."

Mali shares borders with Guinea and Senegal, both countries that have seen Ebola cases.

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Guinea has seen 904 deaths from Ebola, and 1,540 cases. In Senegal, one person contracted the disease, but there have been no deaths.

The World Health Organization had announced on Thursday, before the little girl's case was revealed, that they were sending monitors to Mali and Ivory Coast for fear they would become a new front in the West Africa epidemic.

On Friday morning, the WHO's Assistant Director General Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny discussed candidate Ebola vaccines in a news conference, and said around 100,000 to 200,000 doses would be available in 2015.

Dr Kieny: By the end of the first half of 2015, a few hundred thousand doses of candidate #Ebola vaccine will be available for use

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Dr Kieny: By the end of the first half of 2015, a few hundred thousand doses of candidate #Ebola vaccine will be available for use

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@malachybrowne Dr Kieny said few hundred thousands - it could be 100k or 200k

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@malachybrowne Dr Kieny said few hundred thousands - it could be 100k or 200k

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Dr Kieny said there may be capacity for millions of doses next year:

Dr Kieny: Pharma companies developing candidate #Ebola vaccines committed to ramp up capacity for millions of doses available in 2015

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Dr Kieny: Pharma companies developing candidate #Ebola vaccines committed to ramp up capacity for millions of doses available in 2015

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