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Ebola Liberia Case: 80 Contacts Under Observation

By Antoinette Sendolo

About eighty persons are said to be under observation by the Ministry of Health and other partners following the recent discovery of a new Ebola case in the country.After nearly twenty-eight days without any new case in Montserrado, something which many people saw as a great achievement in the fight against the virus, a new case was recently confirmed in the Caldwell community.

Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular Ebola press briefing, the Deputy Head of the Incident Management System, Dr. Francis Ketter, said though the report of a new case seems troubling, the government through the Ministry of Health has a very strong system in place to deal with the situation.

“Though the situation is a bit troubling, there is no need for the public to panic because we have all the necessary measures put in place to handle the case without further transmission, so people need to have trust and confidence in the work of the health team,” Dr. Ketter said.

He disclosed that the forty-four year old woman who was recently confirmed of carrying the virus is currently undergoing treatment at one of the Ebola Treatment Units in the country and her condition was stable as of yesterday.

“As of today, report we have from the ETU is that the woman’s condition is stable and we are doing all we can to ensure that she survives to tell her story.We have also provided food and other items for those we are observing to avoid further transmission.”

According to the Deputy Head of the Incident Management System, the lady (name withheld) started showing signs and symptoms of the virus around the 14&15 of March and was taken to the Redemption Hospital on the 19th and confirmed on the 20th of March.

Recently on March 5, 2015, Liberians witnessed the last confirmed Ebola case in the country but unfortunately.

The newly confirmed case in the country and the actual source of her infection is yet to be established according to Dr. Ketter.

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