A suspected case of Ebola in Liberia has been detected in a woman who came from the Guinean town of Nzérékoré, which is in the region of a new outbreak of the virus.
Liberia’s Health Minister Wilhelmina Jallah has told the BBC that specimens had been collected from the woman who is currently being isolated in a unit of a leading hospital in the capital, Monrovia.
Jallah disclosed that the woman had gone to a local clinic showing malaria-related symptoms before she was transferred to the hospital for further examinations. The woman was then considered a suspected case, but her actual status would only become known after the result of tests
The Federal government has put health workers on red alert following the resurgence of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea.
Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said they would monitor all entry points to pick out any suspected cases, local media reports.
Nigeria’s Port Health Services have been put on alert on land, sea and air borders and all major hospitals have also been put on notice to alert health workers to have a keen index of suspicion and to check patient travel history, especially at Outpatient Departments, and report concerns to infectious disease focal persons and the state epidemiologists without hesitation. Stricter infection prevention and control measures, including personal protective measures, must be taken immediately there is reason to suspect. Nigeria is willing to send experienced volunteers from our Centres of Excellence on viral hemorrhagic fever, to support WHO measures to contain Ebola resurgence in our West African subregion. It is important to protect the subregion from the catastrophic burden of dealing with two severe diseases of public health concern. We shall work with the West Africa Health Organisation and WHO on strategies to bring this outbreak under control and shall provide regular updates on preparedness, containment, and response measures in due course,” he stated.