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France warns against travel to Mali over Ebola risk

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PARIS – The French Foreign Ministry has warned against travel to Mali due to a second outbreak of Ebola in the former French colony.

The ministry said in a statement that since Oct. 24 several cases of Ebola had been confirmed in Bamako and in the western city of Kayes.

Kayes is close to the border with Senegal.

“French citizens should not travel to, or stay in, the Kayes region or in Bamako and citizens living there should follow guidance from the Mali authorities,’’ the ministry said.

According to health officials, Mali is trying to trace as many as 343 people linked to confirmed and probable Ebola victims in an effort to control its second Ebola outbreak.

Reports say France still has around 1,500 soldiers in its former colony following its military operation early 2013 to drive out Islamist militants.

The militants had seized control of the country’s north.(Reuters/NAN)

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