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Grand Cape Mount registers alarming Ebola cases

Baysah Kollie/Benjamin S. Taingay

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Dec. 29, 2014)-An alarming increase in new Ebola cases has been reported in Grand Cape Mount County.

The Incident Management System (IMS) said: “For the past 25 days from December 1 to Christmas Day, 49 cases have been reported with 27 confirmed in Grand Cape Mount County.”

Out of the number, 13 cases are suspected, while nine additional ones are probable.

The IMS Chairman, Tolbert Nyenswah, told a news conference Sunday, December 28, 2014 in Monrovia.
Mr. Nyenswah is also Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Health Ministry.

He told the news conference: “The IMS put Grand Cape Mount County in the ‘Red alert’ county category of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.”

Grand Cape Mount is placed second to Montserrado as counties with the highest cases of the virus.

The IMS Chair blamed the latest outbreak in the county on the refusal of the citizens and residence to adhere to the preventive measures against the Ebola virus.

He named religious practice, secret burial and hiding the sick as factors responsible for the increase of the virus in the area.

Assistant Minister Nyenswah said: “The IMS has instituted several measures to quickly find remedy to the new outbreak and stop the spread of the disease to nearby counties.”

He called on Liberians not to relax the preventive measures as doing so will return the country to its ugly past of the Ebola pandemic.-

 


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