By Oscar Nkala
The Liberian government has reported eleven new suspected cases of measles from at least eight counties.
According to the Liberia Early Warning Disease Surveillance Bulletin for the week ending July 29, the new cases came from River Gee, Grand Bassa, Maryland, Sinoe, Lofa, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Kru counties.
“Three specimens were collected and sent to the National Reference Laboratory pending laboratory confirmation while 8 cases were clinically compatible. One hundred eighteen samples were tested.
“Of these samples 49 tested positive and 69 negative. There is an ongoing outbreak in the two counties Grand Kru and Bong. Three of the eleven suspected cases were reported to have been previously vaccinated while 8 were of unknown vaccination status,” reads part of the analysis.
Of the 221 samples that tested negative for measles, 186 were tested for Rubella. The sample results turned out 65 positive and 121 negative cases. The bulletin is a weekly record of disease outbreak alerts that is compiled by the Ministry of Health and its public health programming partners.