Ebola Resurfaces

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The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is reporting a “fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease” again in Liberia.

The Ministry’s said a 38-year-old man from Wondu town, Lofa County, was laboratory-confirmed on June 6, 2014.

According to the Ministry, the man, whose name the Ministry has not disclosed, fell sick after travelling to Bundu town, Kailahun District, Sierra Leone, to attend the funeral of his mother who died in, Bundu, Kailahun District.

“Upon his return to Liberia, specimens were collected after he showed signs and symptoms of the Ebola Virus. Our health team, with the support of partners, has isolated the patient in the isolation center in Foyah for health care and to prevent the spread of the virus,” Dr. Bernice Dahn, Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, said.

She further stated, “Contact tracing is ongoing to ensure that those who came in contact with the patient are also located and closely observed for signs and symptoms of the disease. Our field team is also meeting with chiefs, traditional, religious, and community leaders for their involvement in locating ‘contacts’ and following instructions from health workers to reduce the spread of the virus.”

The Health Ministry’s stats said the virus has claimed at least seven lives in Sierra Leone out of 44 cumulative cases as of June 6. Our Health Correspondent said this including 33 confirmed Ebola cases all from the Kailahun District, Sierra Leone. Also in neighboring Guinea, which is the hardest hit in the Mano River Union subregion, the Ebola virus has claimed more 215 lives out of 344 cumulative cases as of June 4, 2014.

The Health Ministry said among the deaths in Guinea, 144 of the over 215, died in Guekedu. New cases are still being reported especially from Kailahun and Guekedu, respectively.

“Prior to this fresh outbreak the last case in Liberia was reported on 9th April 2014. Today the cumulative total number of cases is 14 including 10 deaths,” the Ministry said.

Meanwhile, the MOHSW is urging the public, especially community and religious leaders, to ensure that individuals who die of Ebola or suspected of dying of Ebola are immediately buried under the supervision of health workers to ensure safe burial. “Family members and traditional leaders are strongly advised to work with health teams to avoid dead bodies and their body fluids and prevent spreading of Ebola and deaths of member of communities. The public is also urged to wash their hands with soap and water or use sanitizer, ashes, avoid eating bush meat (monkeys, fruit bats), and to chlorinate their water before drinking as a way of preventing the spread of the Ebola Virus which has no cure.”

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