Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014

Liberia: Two test positive for Ebola

The Liberian Ministry of Health has reported that at least two people have been confirmed positive for Ebola, according to an update Sunday.



Health officials say as of 29 March, seven clinical samples, all from adult patients from Foya district, Lofa County, have been tested by PCR using Ebola Zaire virus primers by the mobile laboratory of the Institut Pasteur (IP) Dakar in Conakry.  Two of those samples have tested positive for the ebolavirus.

There have been 2 deaths among the suspected cases; a 35 year old woman who died on 21 March tested positive for ebolavirus while a male patient who died on 27 March tested negative.  Foya remains the only district in Liberia that has reported confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola Hemorrhagic fever.  As of 26 March, Liberia had 27 contacts under medical follow-up.

Response activities within health care facilities include strengthening infection prevention and control (IPC) at the Foya Hospital, the provision of additional personal preventive equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to support case isolation and clinical management and training for health care workers in IPC. Health care workers are receiving training on EHF; 50 clinicians from 5 hospitals in Montserrado County received training on 27 March. PPE and medical supplies have also been sent to Bong and Nimba Counties which border Guinea.

The number of Ebola cases and deaths in Guinea are 112 and 70, respectively as of Friday.

Health officials remind us this is a rapidly changing situation, the number of reported cases and deaths, contacts under medical observation and the number of laboratory results are subject to change due to enhanced surveillance and contact tracing activities, ongoing laboratory investigations and consolidation of case, contact and laboratory data.

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