Liberia: Initial tests rules out Ebola virus disease as the cause of recent deaths

The Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh, has informed journalists in Monrovia on Wednesday that ‘initial test conducted by the Liberian Institute of Biomedical Research in Charlesville, Margibi County, has ruled out Ebola virus disease as the cause of the deaths.”


The Ebola epidemic claimed the lives of more than 11 300 people and infected over 28 500.

According to Reuters reports, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said in emailed comments that ‘WHO received a report from Liberia health authorities about a cluster of unexplained illness and deaths in the southern part of the country – Sinoe County’.

“According to this report, since Monday 14 people have fallen sick. Eight people have died and six are seriously ill and still in the hospital.”

Liberia was declared free of the Ebola virus by global health experts on Thursday January 14, 2016, a milestone that signalled an end to an epidemic in West Africa that has killed more than 11,300 people.

Wednesday’s report of the unexplained illness and death of seven people in Greenville has put people in the country and the sub region on edge, considering the impact of the Ebola crises.

The Ministry of Health’s communication director, Sorbor George, said a rapid response team has already taken specimen of the dead for testing.


Categories: Diseases

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