WHO provides update on Ebola virus in Liberia

The World Health Organization said on Sunday that the Ministry of Health of Liberia provided details regarding confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease in Liberia.

MoH said that seven clinical samples from adult patients in Foya district, Lofa County, were tested using Ebola Zaire virus primers by the Institut Pasteur Dakar in Conakry. Two samples tested positive for ebola virus.

There have been two deaths among suspected cases in Liberia - a 35-year-old woman who died on March 21 and tested positive for the virus and a man who tested negative for the virus.

Foya is the only Liberian district that reported confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola. The country is following approximately 27 suspected cases.

WHO said the MoH is communicating regularly to help coordinate surveillance, prevention and control activities.

Within health care facilities, infection prevention and control measures are being strengthened, and additional personal preventive equipment and supplies for case isolation have been made available. Additional training for health care workers was administered to 50 clinicians from five hospitals in Montserrado County. Additional supplies were sent to Bong and Nimba Counties.

The MoH said the country established a National Task Force to work with WHO, the International Red Cross, Samaritan's Purse Liberia, Pentecostal Mission Unlimited-Liberia, CHF-WASH Liberia, PLAN-Liberia, UNFPA and UNICEF to coordinate response to the disease.

WHO said it has not recommended travel or trade restrictions based on current information for Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone.