Death Toll Rises As Mysterious ‘Ebola-like’ Illness Spreads To Liberia’s capital

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More people have died amid an outbreak of a mysterious Ebola-like illness that began in southeastern Liberia and has now spread to the capital, with 12 unexplained deaths so far, health authorities said Tuesday.

Liberia’s health ministry and the World Health Organisation (WHO) both confirmed a revised death toll from Friday, with a ministry spokesman, Sorbor George, saying the illness first registered in Sinoe County was now present in Monrovia.

“The illness has entered the capital. A man came from Sinoe to attend a funeral in Monrovia and he got sick. He shows the same symptoms, later on he died,” George said.

“After he died his girlfriend got sick showing the same symptoms, she died also,” he added.

The Liberian government had given a death toll of nine on Friday, while the WHO had said 11.

The WHO raised the total number of confirmed total cases to 25, from 19 on Friday, and said the “majority” related to the funeral of a religious leader in Sinoe County. Cases started being registered on April 23.

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Source: News Now/South China Morning Post

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.