LIBERIA: Health Ministry Identifies 139 Contacts In Latest Ebola Case

Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Francis Kateh, says the health ministry has initiated a robust contract tracing, resulting to identification of 139 contacts of the three confirmed Ebola patients.

They include health workers, some of whom are undergoing precautionary observation.

Addressing a press conference in Monrovia Monday, Dr. Kateh said the current number of confirmed cases is three, which include a10-year-old boy, his father and brother who are undergoing treatment at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).

He added that the mother of the 10-year-old and two of his siblings are also being monitored daily.

“We want to assure the general public that the MOH and its partners are doing everything possible to contain this latest outbreak,” Dr. Kateh said.

He said true to its commitment to contain the virus, the MOH has scheduled the training of more contact tracers and further deployed all of its old contact tracers.

“While we make these efforts, we are also requesting your usual cooperation in helping us stamp out this latest outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD),” he said.

Dr. Kateh then cautioned Liberians to maintain the practices of safe burial by calling the burial team and ensuring that all bodies are swabbed prior to burial.

“Wash your hands regularly with soap and clean water and also prevent direct contacts with body fluids of infected or dead persons,” the Chief Medical Officer appealed.

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