27 March 2014

Liberia: No Ebola Confirmation - Information Minister Lewis Brown Discloses

The Minister of Information has said that the government is only carrying out precautionary measures and there was no scientific facts of the existence of the deadly ebola virus in Liberia.

All the cases reported so far were suspected symptoms and did not warrant scientific fact for its existence.

Due to the urgency government attaches to this, they have collected samples of blood and other related samples for testing.

"What we have done is to get samples and sent for testing. We have not established that there is an outbreak of Ebola in Liberia. The reason is there is no scientific facts to support what has been seen. All the samples we have taken, have been sent to MFS in Guinea for onwards submission to Lyon in France. They will later do testing and get back to us. But for now, all the cases are suspected ones," he said. He told this paper on Wednesday at his office.

"The whole thing is precautionary measure. As a government, we need to inform our people so that they can be aware."According to him, the cases reported in Monrovia at JFK hospital and Redemption, are not ebola.

"Those cases were not ebola. Those were different cases unrelated to ebola," he said.

Also in Zorzor, he said, two of the cases that were reported , do not conform to the case definition for clinical verification. Recently, it was reported about few cases in Zorzor, Lofa County. But the minister said, one of the boys was well.

He said, that the health authorities were monitoring some suspected cease on a daily basis. The total number of suspected cases stand at 27.

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