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Government reports one new Ebola case in Montserrado

Patrick Flomo/Joseph T. Koon

(elbcradio.com/Mar. 20, 2015)-Government has reported one new case of Ebola at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia.

The Acting Head of Liberia's Ebola Case Management Team, Dr. Francis Kateh, said:  “A 42-- year old woman, resident of Caldwell Township in Montserrado County, was tested positive Friday of the virus.”

“The woman has been sick since the 15th of March with fever and other illness and she is currently taking treatment,” Dr. Kateh said.

Also speaking, Information Minister, Lewis Brown, confirmed the new Ebola case in the country.

Minister Brown said: “A thorough contact tracing is under way in the Caldwell area to track all those who came in contact with the woman.”

Minister Brown urged Liberians to continue to adhere to all of the preventive measures of Ebola.

With just barely two weeks or 14 days left to meet the incubation period as prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare Liberia Ebola free, the country has gone back to square one.

Health statistics on Ebola since its outbreak in Liberia indicate that the month of March shall be memorable for Liberians because the first outbreak of Ebola was reported in the same month.

During the height of Ebola, there have been mixed reactions among Liberians on the prevention aspect of the virus.

One account of the arguments points to complacency on the one hand, while others attribute the rapid spread of the virus to denial by some Liberians.

With all these, most Liberians and health authorities say they do not see the possibility of declaring Liberia Ebola free when its neighbors are not free of the virus.

So, this latest development should not be taken lightly to avert the recurrence of the 2014 March Ebola episode which plunged the entire country into national health crisis.

 


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