Number of 'Ebola' deaths hits 10 in Liberia
08 April 2014, 15:43
Monrovia - The deadly Ebola virus has continued to spread in Liberia, where a further three people died from the disease, bringing the total number of suspected deaths to 10, the health ministry said Monday.
The total number of people infected with Ebola in the West African nation rose to 21 from 14 last week. "Of the ten victims, eight died in Lofa, one in Nimba and one in Montserrado [districts]," Health Minister Walter Gwenigale told journalists.
According to the minister, two health workers from northern Foya district were among the latest victims. Family members of the third victim took him to the deep Lofa forest so that he would not be quarantined by health workers.
He was pronounced dead after several days of severe illness. The United States Department of Defense agreed to set up two Ebola testing centres in Liberia to help control the outbreak.
Ebola entered Liberia from neighbouring Guinea, where 84 people have died of the virus since February and 134 further cases have been confirmed.
The virus, for which there is neither vaccination nor cure, has also spread to Sierra Leone and Mali. Ebola is one of the most contagious viral diseases known, has a fatality rate of up to 90%, according to WHO, and is transmitted through blood, bodily fluids or close contact with infected people.
Ebola's symptoms are extraordinarily painful and include severe vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, impaired kidney and liver function as well as internal and external bleeding.
Ebola was first detected in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara, Sudan, and Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo, near the Ebola River, from which the disease gets its name.