The head of the Incident Management System (IMS) and Deputy Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, said that two of the three persons that were confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus disease will be discharged on Thursday, December 3.
Minister Nyenswah made the disclosure yesterday at the Emergency Operation Center for Liberia, in Monrovia, and was delighted over Liberia’s capacity to properly treat people with the virus.
The first victim was 10 year old boy, identified as Nathan Gbotee, whose case was reported by Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia. Nathan Jr., however, succumbed to the virus.
Minister Nyenswah said one hundred and sixty five persons (165) have so far been placed under surveillance as a means of controlling the new Ebola outbreak.
“As we speak, there is no new outbreak of EVD. After Thursday, there will be no confirmed cases in any ETUs in Liberia. But we will continue the surveillance. It has been 12 days with no new cases and contacts are being followed up. Some of the contacts will be completing their 21 days,” he said.
Nyenswah said that this is Liberia’s third outbreak since the virus was first reported in March 2014, and noted the progress that has been made “with how the third outbreak was effectively handled.”
He said the IMS and its partners are currently investigating the source of the recent outbreak, and will this weekend release the outcome of their investigations.
“There are three things we are concerned about now. And doing sequencing, we want to know whether this new virus is coming from an animal source and reintroduced into the country; investigating to know whether there is some link with the virus in Guinea or Sierra Leone; and also whether this person has any link to a survivor,” he said.
Minister Nyenswah called on the business community not to panic or reduce their workforce as the situation has been brought under control.
The Gbotee family, who lives in the Cowfield (Du-port Road) Community, outside Monrovia, is the only family that has so far been affected during the current outbreak. The family sought treatment at the ELWA ll Ebola Treatment Unit.