LIBERIA: Ebola Deaths Rise In Liberia, Health Minister Confirms

Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, has confirmed the deaths of two additional persons from the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, bringing to seven the number of suspected deaths from the virus.

Making the disclosure at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia on Thursday, Dr. Gwenigale said the two include the sister of the woman who died earlier of the virus in Foya, Lofa and a Bassa hunter.

The Ministry of Health boss said the lady who died Wednesday night got infected while taking care of her sister who contracted the virus in Lofa.

He said after contracting the virus, she traveled from Lofa to Chicken-soup Factory in Gardnersville in a taxi, and was later taken to Firestone by the taxi driver where she later died.

Minister Gwenigale added that her child who is currently sick has been quarantined.

Dr. Gwenigale told journalists at the press conference that the 25-year-old Bassa hunter died at the Tappita Hospital in Nimba Count, few minutes after he was taken there for treatment.

He said though no standard laboratory test has proved that he died from Ebola, the Ministry concluded that he died of the deadly virus, because he manifested the different signs and symptoms that go along with the virus.

Minister Gwenigale said his ministry is tracing every rumor of the outbreak of Ebola, including the Matadi Estate Community, but he cautioned those disseminating such information to be sincere, as the Ebola issue is of national concern, having already claimed the lives of some Liberians.

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