Wednesday, July 01, 2015

WHO Confirms Liberian Ebola Case





We have a very brief update posted by the World Health Organization on their July 1st Ebola update confirming the first new Ebola case in Liberia in roughly 3 months (see Liberia: Media Reports A Third Ebola Case, Additional Tests Pending for earlier report), and describing his contacts.


Ebola Situation Report - 1 July 2015


On 29 June, routine surveillance detected a confirmed case of EVD in Margibi County, Liberia—the first new confirmed case in the country since 20 March. The case is a 17-year-old male who first became ill on 21 June. After presenting at a local health facility the patient was treated for malaria and discharged. He died on 28 June and received a safe burial the same day. An oral swab taken before the burial subsequently tested positive twice for EVD. 102 contacts have been identified, although that number is expected to increase as investigations continue. At this stage the origin of infection is not known. The case reportedly had no recent history of travel, contact with visitors from affected areas, or funeral attendance.

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