The New Dawn (Monrovia)

27 March 2014

Liberia: Ebola Fear Spreads - Gov't Says No New Case

Fear of the deadly Ebola virus spread here on Wednesday, with many supermarkets erecting signs asking customers to wear gloves before touching fruits or vegetables. Same was applied to supermarket attendants.

But the government here has relaxed the fear, saying, no new cases of Ebola infected patient has been reported since the death of some Guineans in the northern border region of Lofa County, indicating that there are no new deaths related to the disease. The government also said patients transferred from the Ganta Methodist Hospital suspected to have contracted the virus were diagnosed and the test proved negative at the JFK.

In an update on the virus, the government says samples from suspected persons have been forwarded to the French charity MSF in Guinea for preliminary examination, and further confirmation from the preliminary findings will be provided from Lyon, France.

Commenting on the condition of patient transferred from the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba County to the JFK Medical Center in Monrovia, the authorities say preliminary diagnosis on the patient has proved negative. They say the patient is stable and recovering at the JFK hospital.

Our Nimba correspondent quoted Dr. Plaude Monga of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital that the patients were transferred to the JFK in Monrovia. Dr. Monga confirmed that three persons shot by gunmen in Guinea were brought to the Ganta hospital and subsequently transferred to the Liberian capital along with the suspected Ebola patients.

Prior to this report by the United Methodist Hospital, Nimba County Chief Medical Doctor, Lawrence Cooper, told members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus that on a daily basis, they receive patients from neighboring Ivory Coast and Guinea. Dr. Cooper said he has however told health workers in the county to transfer all Ebola patients to JFK as the Ganta hospital lacks the capacity to have them admitted for a long period.

Meanwhile, quoting the BBC, the government says a Canadian who came from Liberia and was originally suspected of contracted the Ebola virus has been confirmed not to have Ebola. It added that 27 persons who were identified to have had contacts with the suspected victims are being closely monitored by health authorities and permitted very minimal contacts with the public.

According to the update, there is no reported case involving health workers, and on the question of suspected cases from Zorzor, Lofa County, initially reported on Monday, involving one death and one admission at the Zorzor Curran Hospital in Lofa, the admitted patient is said to be steadily recovering, while a death audit has confirmed that the alleged case of death in Zorzor does not meet the case definition of Ebola.

It said no national emergency has been declared by the state and that borders of Liberia are opened, while all measures announced and being pursued are precautionary.

GOL's update on Ebola

There have been no new suspected deaths since the 4 (2 in Guinea, 1 in Foya and 1 in Zorzor) were reported.

No reported case of Ebola on admission in any of Liberia's hospitals.

Samples from suspected persons have been provided to MSF in Guinea for preliminary examination. Further confirmation from the preliminary findings will be provided from Lyon, France.

According to the BBC, Canadian who came from Liberia and was originally suspected of contractngi the Ebola virus has been confirmed not to have Ebola.

27 persons identified to have had contacts with the suspected victims are being closely monitored by health authorities and permitted very minimal contacts with others.

No reported case involving health care workers.

Suspected cases from Zorzor which was initially reported on Monday involving one death and one admission at Zorzor Curran Hospital, Lofa County:

The admitted patient is steadily recovering

A death audit confirmed that the alleged case of death in Zorzor does not meet the case definition of Ebola

Patient transferred from Ganta to JFK:

Preliminary diagnosis: Not Ebola

Patient stable and recovering

Reported case at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town:

Diagnosis: dysentery, no vomiting, no fever

Admitted over a period of 4 days

No national emergency has been declared

Borders remains opened

All measures announced and being pursued are PRECAUTIONARY

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