Rwanda: ​WHO congratulates Liberia on ending Ebola transmission

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Liberia is again free of Ebola virus transmission after the West African country set a good example of how to respond to an imported case or an outbreak of the deadly virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement made available to PANA in Kigali, Rwanda, Thursday.

The UN agency said Liberia’s ability to effectively respond to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease is due to intensified vigilance and rapid response by the government and multiple partners.

It said the transmission had previously been declared over on 9 May 2015, but the disease re-emerged on 29 June and 6 additional cases were identified.

Reports indicates that on 29 June 2015, midway through the first 90-day period, a routine post-mortem swab taken from a 17-year-old male, who died on 28 June, tested positive for Ebola virus disease.

Upon confirmation of this positive case, a specialized team was immediately dispatched and undertook a detailed investigation.

WHO said that under the leadership of the Liberia Government authorities, an effective response was rapidly initiated to contain the new outbreak.

In addition, members of the community were engaged and effectively contributed to contact tracing and social mobilization while International partners supported the government in areas such as technical assistance, provision of personnel, food, supplies and equipment.

Ultimately, an additional 5 cases arose out of this re-emergence of the disease in Liberia. Out of 6 cases, there were 2 deaths. There were no infections or deaths among health-care workers, it said,

It is expected that the UN agency will continue to support the country during the 90 days of heightened surveillance that begins 3 Sep. 2015, and in its early recovery efforts, the statement said.

WHO most recently said it believes the actual Ebola death toll is 11,290 in the three most affected countries from West Africa - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
-0- PANA TWA/SEG 3Sept2015

03 september 2015 08:18:58

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