Mali reports 2 new Ebola deaths in capital

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A policeman stands guard at an Ebola treatment unit being preventively set to host potential Ebola patients at the University Hospital of Yopougon in Abidjan on October 25, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said on October 24, after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Health workers stand by an Ebola treatment unit being preventively set to host potential Ebola patients at the University Hospital of Yopougon in Abidjan on October 25, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said on October 24, after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Health workers stand by an Ebola treatment unit being preventively set to host potential Ebola patients at the University Hospital of Yopougon in Abidjan on October 25, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said on October 24, after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
A health worker stands by an Ebola treatment unit being preventively set to host potential Ebola patients at the University Hospital of Yopougon in Abidjan on October 25, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said on October 24, after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - A Malian official says the country has two new Ebola deaths that are not connected to the first case in this West African country.

Mali reported its first case last month - a 2-year-old girl who contracted the virus in neighboring Guinea and later died.

On Wednesday, officials announced that a sick imam had died from Ebola in the capital, Bamako. A nurse who treated him has also died.

Communications Minister Mahamadou Camara said Wednesday that tests had confirmed the patient and nurse at Clinique Pasteur both had Ebola.

The emergence of the new cases is an alarming setback for Mali, which had recorded only one known death until now.

Nearly 5,000 people have died in West Africa this year, many of them in Guinea, which borders Mali.

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