41 UNMIL Staffers ‘Quarantined’

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The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has placed 41 staff members under close watch or quarantine for medical observation, the mission has confirmed.
The 41 staffers, including 20 military personnel, were quarantined after an international member of its medical team was diagnosed with Ebola last week.

“The latest case is the second of UNMIL personnel to test positive for the deadly disease. “This measure is precautionary and meant to ensure no possible further transmission of the disease,” the mission said in a statement Friday.
“None of the personnel who are contacts have shown any symptoms but will be observed for the full 21-day possible incubation period.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) says 21 days is the maximum incubation period for Ebola, which is spread via the bodily fluids of infected people.

The 41 staffers were identified as having possibly come into contact with the member of the medical team, whose name and nationality are yet to be disclosed.

The first U.N. staffer in Liberia to come down with Ebola died Sept. 26.

The mission, in the statement issued Friday, said it is  implementing additional measures to avoid more cases, including daily temperature checks and screening at a military facility where 209 people work.

Liberia has recorded 2,316 confirmed, suspected and probable Ebola deaths—far more than any other country affected by the current outbreak, according to the latest WHO figures released Friday.

Meanwhile, the Grand Bassa Ebola Taskforce has released an update of Ebola cases in the county, recording a total of 36 confirmed and suspected deaths, and 11 survivors between July and October 8, 2014.

The Grand Bassa County Health Team in Buchanan on Friday said, of the 36 deaths, 30 are confirmed Ebola positive cases, while six are probable.

Grand Bassa County Health Services Administrator, Joyce W. Garblah, said out of the 36 cases, 24 are males and 12 females.

According to her, between October 1 and 8, there was one confirmed Ebola case of a one-year old child, who is currently undergoing treatment at the Liberia Government Hospital Ebola holding unit in Buchanan.
She said of the 87 cumulative cases, 50 are confirmed positive Ebola cases with Buchanan District recording 24, Owensgrove 6, District 1, nine, District II, six, District III, four and District IV, one.

She said 326 contacts are being traced in the county, out of which more than 200 persons have completed their 21 days of observation or isolation.

The outbreak has now killed over 4,000 people in total, the WHO said.
More than 400 health care workers have contracted Ebola, and 233 of those have died, according to the WHO. Liberia and Sierra Leone have both recorded 95 health worker deaths.

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