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Old 07-01-2015, 08:43 PM   #1
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Unhappy Liberia: Part Deux...It's Back

I read the news of Liberia being declared Ebola free some time back with sorrowful skepticism. I WANT it to be over for the beleaguered nations living with this scourge.

BUT THEY HAVEN'T SUCCEEDED IN CONVINCING ALL RESIDENTS TO DO WHAT NEEDS DOING.


Until every last man woman & child can wash their hands with soap & water understand & follow the proscriptions around mourning & funeral rites, report ALL possible, suspected cases to authorities until there ARE health care workers with the ability to act properly & report up the chain... this is just gonna keep going & going...


***Corpse tests positive for Ebola in Liberia as Canada ends military mission

A Liberian has died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the disease since a country at the heart of an epidemic that has killed more than 11,000 people was declared virus free on May 9.

The body of a 17-year-old tested positive for Ebola in Margibi County, and authorities have begun tracing people the victim may have come into contact with while infected, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said on Tuesday.

"There is no need to panic. The corpse has been buried and our contact tracing has started work," Nyenswah told Reuters. Margibi is a rural area close to the capital Monrovia, and home to the country's main international airport.

A total of 11,207 people died from Ebola in Liberia, neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in December 2013, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a news conference in Geneva.

Around 43 per cent of those deaths were in Liberia, where the world's worst outbreak of the disease peaked between last August and October with hundreds of cases a week.

New incidences have tapered this year, with 12 new confirmed cases reported in Guinea and eight in Sierra Leone in the week to June 21, according to WHO figures. Even so, health officials urge vigilance to prevent a resurgence of the disease.

The new case will test Liberia's response capacity at a time when international health organizations have wound down their presence in the affected countries, said Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, spokeswoman for the U.N. Ebola response mission.

Liberia fought Ebola at a community level, adopting regular hand-washing and the safe burial of bodies among other measures and the discovery of the new case shows that systems for testing remain in place, she said.

"This should have been expected because as long as there is Ebola in the region no one country can be safe. Liberia is vulnerable because of Guinea and Sierra Leone."

Canada ends Ebola mission in West Africa

Ebola damaged the health care systems and economies of the three West African countries and caused global alarm that peaked in September and October when isolated cases were confirmed in countries such as the United States and Spain.

Nigeria, Senegal and Mali also recorded at least one case each before ending the epidemics in their countries.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, the federal government announced the end of the Canadian Armed Forces' six-month mission to fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Canadian military doctors, nurses, medics and support staff worked at the United Kingdom's Kerry Town Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone.

The U.K. government informed Canada it no longer needs help at Kerry Town because of the decline in cases, the Department of National Defence said in a statement.


Earlier this month, the federal government said it's extending the strengthened public health measures for travellers returning from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia until Dec. 31. Under the measures, quarantine officers conduct health assessments of people with a travel history to those three countries.

When the WHO declared Liberia Ebola free in May, it recommended that the country keep up heightened surveillance for 90 days. The federal government said it will re-evaluate its screening precautions after those 90 days...***


http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/corpse...sion-1.3133115


***AND - we now have a second case - let me find a non AP source.
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Default AP Can Stuff It

I'm nnot going to reference their article - just mention the highlights. A second case of Ebola has turned up in the same town where the teenaged boy died of Ebola. He's been transferred to Monrovia.

An anonymous source says the body of the dead teen has been exhumed in an attempt to determine the mode of transmission. I'm scratching my head on that one.

The article can be found at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news

Click on the section tab called "Health" - it's one of the lead articles.
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Liberia confirms new Ebola case as outbreak spreads

Source: Reuters - Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:03 GMT

MONROVIA, July 14 (Reuters) - A Liberian woman has died of Ebola in a hospital in Monrovia shortly after being admitted, becoming the sixth confirmed case of the virus since it resurfaced last month after a seven-week lull, a senior medical official said on Tuesday.

The victim from Montserrado County, which contains Monrovia, is thought to be linked to the other five cases from neighbouring Margibi County, where the disease reemerged.

Her detection raised fears that the infection may be spreading in a new area of the country.

"There is one new case. This time, the response area is Montserrado county. The person died in Monrovia," Liberia's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francis Ketteh told Reuters.

A health report sent to officials in the anti-Ebola response said that the woman died a few hours after admission, indicating that surveillance of known contacts from the earlier cases had not been rigorous enough.
http://www.trust.org/item/20150714120408-e3drk/
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Liberia: 'No Need to Panic' - Health Official Assures Amid New Ebola Cases

12 JULY 2015
By Henry Karmo


Monrovia — Liberian health officials have told citizens not to panic in the wake of the new Ebola cases. According to Dr. Francis Kateh Liberia's Chief Medical Officer, unlike the past outbreak the country is prepare to battle the virus from spreading further.

Addressing a news conference at the weekend, the Chief Medical Officer said, the Country currently has all mechanisms required to monitor and isolate anyone showing signs and symptoms of the virus to prevent further transmission.

Dr. Kateh who said health officials are yet to identify the source of the new cases that has led to the death of one with four confirmed cases currently in Ebola l Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU) said attempt to continue to link the new outbreak to sexual intercourse with a survivor could further deepen the already existing challenge of stigmatization.
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Andy - yes, on the other thread I mentioned the "new normal". A little early to tell, but seems like some seasonality at play maybe??
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