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Mali Declares Self Ebola-free

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FILE - Health workers spray disinfectant around a mosque in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 14, 2014

FILE - Health workers spray disinfectant around a mosque in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 14, 2014

Mali has declared itself Ebola-free.

Heath Minister Ousmane Kone made the announcement Sunday, saying there have been no new cases in 42 days - the World Health Organization's timeframe for declaring the end of an epidemic.

A new WHO report says Mali moved quickly to contain an outbreak when the first case was reported in October in a two-year-old girl from Guinea. It said, in all, six people in Mali died from the disease.

The WHO reported last week that the Ebola outbreak in three other West African countries - Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone - is starting to wane.

But it warns that the epidemic is still not over and that there are places where the virus is spreading.

More than 8,400 people worldwide, most of them in West Africa, have died as a result of the current outbreak, the largest on record.

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