Malian authorities on Wednesday reported two new deaths from Ebola that are not believed to be linked to the only other known case in the nation, an alarming setback as Mali tries to limit the fallout from the epidemic ravaging other countries in the region.
The announcement came just a day after Malian health authorities said there had been no other reported cases — let alone deaths — after a 2-year-old girl who had traveled to Mali from Guinea succumbed to the virus in late October.
Communications Minister Mahamadou Camara said Wednesday that a nurse working at a clinic in the capital of Bamako died Tuesday, and tests later showed she had Ebola. A patient she had treated who died on Monday was later confirmed to have had Ebola.
It was not immediately clear why health workers at Clinique Pasteur in Bamako did not suspect the patient — a Guinean national — had Ebola. Nearly 5,000 people have died this year in West Africa from the virus, which first erupted in Guinea, which borders Mali.