Clouding the hope that Ebola cases in Liberia are nearing zero, a new outbreak has emerged in the Zuma Town, St Paul Bridge community leaving six dead and one contact escaped to Zekeleh, Lofa County.
The new outbreak was disclosed by the Coordinator of the Ebola Task Force for electoral district #16, Mr. G. Baccus Karpeh on Tuesday when he made remarks at the program marking the Assessment tour of Mercy Corps, distribution of Anti Ebola materials and community engagements conducted by EQUIP Liberia and the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) held in the Borough of New Kru Town.
Mr. Karpeh disclosed that the new Ebola outbreak in Zuma town community, St.Paul Bridge in the Borough of New Kru Town has over twenty residents quarantined.
He further disclosed that the taskforce has for the past few days been in search of Kebbeh Tarnue who was in direct contact with the victims.
Mr. Karpeh said his greatest fear is that the lady, who is the direct contact to the victims and has escaped to Lofa County, will infect others and Lofa will suffer the recurrence of the virus.
He disclosed that the taskforce is working tirelessly to make sure that those who are quarantined are taken care off.
“This outbreak occurred on January 6 when six members of the family including the mother and father got infected with the virus and died. We presently have one of the contacts in the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) while over 20 persons are quarantined,” Mr. Karpeh reported.
Following his remarks, Liberia Culture Ambassador Juli Endee promised to work with the Task Force to make sure there is widespread awareness through the Ebola Community Action Platform Project (ECAP) to prevent further spread of the virus in that part of Liberia.
She said, “We Liberians don’t hope to have more new cases in our country again, so we will work together to have the lady who escaped arrested and quarantined. We want to make sure that Ebola is totally eradicated from Liberia and our neighboring countries Guinea and Sierra Leone. It only took a single person to cause the outbreak,” she cautioned.
When contacted via mobile phone the Incident Management System (IMS) Director, Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, disclosed that he was aware of the situation in that part of Montserrado County, but said measures are being put in place.
Reporter: Sir, are you also aware of the contact who escaped to Lofa County?
Min. Nyenswah: “I am not aware of any contact escaping to Lofa County but the task force is working to make sure things work out good. For the past days we have reported no new outbreak in Montserrado County,” he insisted.
Meanwhile an official from the task force, who requested that his name be withheld, when contacted disclosed that the task force has been actively engaged in tracking down the lady who is reported to have escaped to Lofa County.