27 March 2014

Liberia: Ministry of Health Statement/Advisory on Ebola Situation

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A child receives care at the JFK Hospital in Monrovia (file photo).

press release

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare would like to inform the public that the number of suspected viral hemorrhagic fever cases remains at six with four deaths as of March 26, 2014. The two cases and one death reported from Curran Ho spital in Zorzor yesterday did not meet the case definition of viral hemorrhagic fevers. Hence, this has reduced the cumulative number of suspected cases and deaths.

Meanwhile, the MOHSW continues to monitor and investigate cases of suspected viral hemorrhagic fever in the country. Suspected cases reported earlier were investigated and verified to ensure that they meet the standard definition of viral hemorrhagic fevers.

The National Public Health Emergency Task Force continues to meet and has developed a three month response plan to the tune of US$1.2 million to accelerate the response. About 95% of these funds are yet to be mobilized. However, a number of immediate interventions are being carried out by the MOHSW and partners to respond to the suspected outbreak. These include continuous field investigation to identify suspected cases and contacts including follow up, shipment of blood samples for laboratory confirmation, public awareness, provision of Personal protective equipment, Ivy fluids, a lab team sent to Lofa County and the deployment of WASH materials to the county.

Meanwhile, the MOHSW is urging community and religious leaders, the media, local government
officials and students to support the efforts of the MOHSW and partners in preventing the spread of the disease through the following measures:

Limit as much as possible, direct contact with body fluids of infected persons or dead persons.

Avoid physical contacts such as handshakes, kissing, etc.

Wash your hands with soap and water as frequently as possible.

Avoid direct contacts with animals such as fruit bats or monkeys/apes and the consumption of
their raw meat.

Avoid contact with body fluids of infected person or dead person.

Treat your water with chlorine before drinking.

Bernice T. Dahn, MD, MPH
Deputy Minister/Chief Medical Officer-RL

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