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Rift valley fever outbreak in Mali


<p>Close to 40 people have been infected following an outbreak of rift valley fever in Tchintabaraden, a border community between Mali and Niger. </p> <p>The outbreak of the fever was confirmed after blood samples sent to Dakar for analyses tested positive.</p> <p>The first case of rift valley fever diagnosed in August affected mostly nomads in the area.</p> <p>Mali’s health minister and Médicins Sans Frontières have sent experts to find out the cause of the current outbreak and put in place an emergency intervention plan to stop the epidemic. </p> <p>Rift valley fever primarily affects animals but also has the capacity to infect humans.</p> <p>It is transmitted through direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals, ingestion of uncooked milk as well as bites from infected mosquitoes.</p>
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