Liberia Confirms 3 Ebola Cases, As Authorities Conduct Contact Tracing, Testing

Agence France-Presse: Liberia announces two more confirmed Ebola cases
“Liberia said Wednesday a teenager who died of Ebola fever had spread the virus to at least two more people, confirming the first outbreak of the tropical disease for months. … Cestus Tarpeh, a spokesman for the health department where the boy died, confirmed the two new patients had tested positive and said the authorities were awaiting the results of further blood tests on other contacts…” (Dosso, 7/2).

Associated Press: 2nd Ebola case declared in Liberia as health workers protest
“…More than 100 Ebola center workers stormed the Ministry of Health in eastern Monrovia on Wednesday demanding hazard pay that they said they haven’t received since the country was declared Ebola-free May 9 by the World Health Organization. Health Minister Bernice Dahn said Liberia has paid hazard benefits to ’99 percent’ of people who worked in the Ebola treatment units in addition to their regular salaries. She said if there are people who feel they have not been paid, ‘they should come forward’ and make their case with the ministry…” (Paye-Layleh, 7/1).

The Atlantic: Ebola Returns to Liberia
“…[A]ccording to the WHO’s latest situation report, health authorities have identified 102 people who were in contact with the [original case], a number that is ‘expected to increase as investigations continue’…” (Beck, 7/1).

The Guardian: Two new Ebola cases in Liberia, seven weeks after country declared virus-free
“Two more people have tested positive for Ebola in Liberia, seven weeks after the country was declared free of the virus by the World Health Organization. They were tested after a 17-year-old male they lived with, who died on Sunday, was discovered to have had Ebola. The town where he lived, 50km to the east of the capital Monrovia, has been quarantined, and the ministry of health is conducting an urgent contact tracing operation to see who the teenager was in touch with in the past 21 days…” (O’Carroll, 7/1).

Reuters: Liberia investigating animal link after Ebola re-emerges
“…The response team was investigating whether domestic animals might be carrying the virus, [Moses Massaquoi, case management team leader for Liberia’s Ebola task force,] said, referring also to mysterious deaths of hundreds of cattle in remote Lofa county. … None of the new victims are known to have traveled to Guinea or Sierra Leone, … leading to speculation among the medical community that there could be hidden pockets of the disease or new means of transmission…” (Toweh et al., 7/2).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. Ebola response mission flags importance of staying vigilant as virus resurfaces in Liberia
“… ‘The re-emergence of Ebola in Liberia shows importance of staying vigilant. We must stay focused until we reach zero cases,’ said the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). ‘The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is not over. We must stay engaged until the job is done’…” (7/1).

Washington Post: More than 100 had contact with Liberian teen who contracted Ebola
“…The reasons why so many people are believed to have had contact with the teen is that he sought medical care at multiple facilities, including seeking the help of a traditional healer, and had extensive contact with people within the community, Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. At one visit, he was treated for malaria and discharged…” (Phillip, 7/1).

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