Ebola spreads to Liberia, five dead
25 March 2014, 08:15
Monrovia - Five patients have died in Liberia of suspected Ebola fever, the government said on Monday, as neighbouring Guinea battled an outbreak of the virus which has killed dozens.
"As of this morning six cases have been reported of which five have already died - four female adults and one male child. One of the suspected cases, a female child, is under treatment," Health Minister Walter Gwenigale said in a statement
cases came from Guinea for treatment to hospitals in the northern
Liberian county of Lofa, Gwenigale said, adding that inspectors had been
in the area since Friday.
"The team is already investigating the
situation, tracing contacts, collecting blood samples and sensitising
local health authorities on the disease," he added.
At least 59
people have died in an outbreak of the virulent virus raging through
Guinea's southern forests, according to the government in Conakry.
of samples conducted by the Pasteur Institute in the French city of
Lyon showed that the Guinean cases were due to the Ebola virus.