Ivory Coast reports first Ebola case in 25 years

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Emma Teitel is an award-winning national affairs columnist with the Toronto Star who writes about anything and everything. She got her start at Maclean's Magazine where she wrote frequently about women's issues, LGBT rights, and popular culture.

The first case of Ebola in 25 years has occurred in Ivory Coast. This was independently announced by the country’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Health Minister Pierre Dimba said on national television that it was an isolated case of an 18-year-old girl who had entered from neighboring Guinea. According to WHO data, the patient had arrived in Abidjan on Thursday and was taken to a hospital with a fever. She is currently undergoing treatment.

“It is very worrying that this outbreak has been detected in Abidjan, a metropolis of more than four million people,” said WHO Regional Director Matshidiso Moeti. However, much of the global expertise in the fight against Ebola is on the African continent. “Ivory Coast can take advantage of this experience.«

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