FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

29 June 2014

Liberia: 'Practice Good Hand Hygiene' - U.S. Monitoring Ebola Situation

Monrovia — Recent reports confirm the continuance of new cases of Ebola in Liberia as well as in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone. The cases in Liberia are in Lofa County and Montserrado County/Monrovia.

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the situation closely and to support the efforts of Liberia's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) in its public health response. Experts from the U.S. have assisted the MOHSW in diagnosing suspected cases, tracing contacts, and training medical workers throughout the country. Although those experts are not currently in Liberia, we are maintaining regular discussions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. and evaluating the possibility of a team returning to Liberia.

Our previous recommendations for coping with the transmission of Ebola virus remain in place. However, following are some of the more important points about transmission of the Ebola virus and precautions to protect yourself.

Human to human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely ill or who has died from the Ebola virus or their body fluids.

Transmission among humans is almost exclusively among caregiver, family members or health care workers tending to the very ill or preparation of the body of a deceased case for burial .

The virus is easily killed by contact with soap, bleach, sunlight, or drying. A washing machine will kill the virus in clothing saturated with infected body fluids.

A person can incubate the virus without symptoms for 2-21 days, the average being 5 to 8 days before becoming ill. THE PERSON IS NOT CONTAGIOUS until they are acutely ill.

As always, practice good hand hygiene and hand washing techniques.

The Message to U.S citizens from April 15, 2014, provides fuller information on transmission of the Ebola virus and easy precautions you can take to protect yourself. Please follow this link:

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