MONROVIA Liberia released its last two recognized Ebola instances from hospital on Thursday as it begins a new countdown to declaring itself totally free of the virus for a third time, health officials stated.
Liberia had been the only country in West Africa with identified situations. Neighbor Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-cost-free in November even though Guinea’s last known case recovered two weeks ago.
“There are no cases in the ETUs (Ebola Therapy Units) in the entire Republic of Liberia,” mentioned Tolbert Nyenswah, head of Liberia’s Ebola response, adding that Ebola safety procedures remained in location.
The two patients released from the Paynesville ETU are the father and younger brother of the presumed index case, a 15-year-old boy named Nathan Gbotoe from a suburb of the capital Monrovia who died from the disease last week. [ID:nL8N13J1V8]
Even so, new situations could nonetheless emerge in Liberia because there are 165 contacts nevertheless beneath quarantine, of whom much more than 30 are deemed higher risk, overall health officials told Reuters.
Nyenswah say the contacts beneath surveillance have completed 14 of their obligatory 21-day monitoring – a period that corresponds with the common incubation period of the virus.
“No need to have to cancel your plane ticket when you are planning to come to Liberia. Continue to come right here the spot is protected,” Nyenswah told reporters.
Liberian medical workers are still grappling to explain how Ebola re-emerged in Liberia much more than two months following it was declared free of the virus by the Planet Wellness Organization.
Resurgent instances in Liberia, possibly transmitted sexually by survivors, has cast doubt on the existing policy of labeling a country Ebola-cost-free after 42 days.
(Reporting by James Giahyue Further reporting and writing by Emma Farge editing by Ralph Boulton)