WHO DISMISSES EBOLA RESTRICTIONS FOR GUINEA, LIBERIA AND SIERRA LEONE

3 Apr

The World Health Organization [WHO] says it does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone based on the current information available for this event. But Saudi Arabia has announced that this year’s Muslim pilgrims in Guinea and Liberia, the two countries affected by Ebola virus may not be issued the Visas to travel to the holy city of Mecca for the pilgrimage. The event WHO is referring to is the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease [EVD] in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone which continues to grow in fatalities and cases according to the WHO Global Alert and Response issued. As of 31 March 2014, the Ministry of Health of Guinea has reported 122 clinically compatible cases of EVD, of which 24 are laboratory confirmed by PCR, and 98 are probable (78) suspected (22) cases.
The total number includes 80 deaths in Guinea, of which 13 (16%) have been laboratory confirmed for EVD and the remaining 67 are considered as probable cases of EVD. These figures correspond to 19 new clinical cases and 14 new deaths since the 28 of March.AS of 30 March, 20 patients remain in isolation. Eleven health care workers are among the probable and suspected cases. Cases have been reported from Conakry [11], Guekedou [77], Macenta [23], kissidougou [8] and 3 from Dabola and Djingaraye combined.
*WHO Global Alert and Response issued

Liberia
For Liberia, the Liberia Ministry of Health has reported 8 clinically compatible cases of EVD, this include 2 laboratory confirmed cases from 14 to 30 March. The confirmed cases reported from Lofa County [northern part of Liberia, bordering Guinea] as it is now two patients have died one of deceased patients has been laboratory confirmed and the other death was in probable case.

Sierra Leone
The Sierra Leone Ministry of Health is also maintaining a high level of surveillance activities, AV internal contact said following the deaths of 2 probable cases of EVD in one family who died in Guinea and their bodies repatriated to Sierra Leone date active surveillance activities have identified no new cases and all contacts of the deceased have remained well and stable.

Jacob Bright
African Voices,  Liberia

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