WHO Backs Investigation in Liberia after Mysterious Deaths

The World Health Organization (WHO) noted today that it supports epidemiological and laboratory investigations in Liberia to identify the microorganism responsible for an outbreak causing mysterious deaths.

We have been working closely with Liberian health authorities and other partners in surveillance, monitoring, social mobilization, prevention and control, emphasized the United Nations specialized agency.

In a statement circulated here to update on the situation in the African country, WHO recalled that on May 8, the Ministry of Health was informed that four of the samples taken to deceased patients gave positive C meningitis (Neisseria meningitis) .

Although the bacterium could be the cause of the outbreak, the investigations continue to determine whether it is the only responsible for the deaths in Sinoe County, an event that began on April 23, when an 11-year-old boy reached Hospital with diarrhea, vomiting and mental confusion, he warned.

According to the UN agency, local authorities await full toxicological reports, and in the meantime explore the possibility to appeal to the vaccination against meningitis.

WHO recognized the rapid response of the Health Ministry Liberia, which resorted to its experience and to the laboratory infrastructure created to combat the epidemic of Ebola, which caused 4,800 fatalities between 2014 and 2016.

Source: Prensa Latina/News Now/UN

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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.