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Nine Counties Report Zero Ebola Cases For Over 21 Days
By Winnie Dixon/LINA
MONROVIA, January 5 (LINA) – Nine Counties mostly in Southeastern Liberia have reported no new Ebola cases over the past 21 days, according to a United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) official.
Hans Rosling said Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Grand Bassa, and River Cess, have reported no confirmed cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for more than 21 days, while Lofa County in northern Liberia has reported zero case in more than 40 days.
Speaking at the Information Ministry daily Ebola briefing Monday, he expressed the hope that the situation would remain under control and that there would not be a resurgence of the disease in those counties, especially Lofa, the former epicenter of the disease.
Foya in Lofa County registered Liberia’s first case of Ebola in early March 2014, with the disease subsequently spreading to other parts of the country.
He has however cautioned residents of those counties to remain assertive in protecting their communities and families by adhering to the preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Health and partners, including reporting all sick cases, doing away with bathing of dead bodies and shaking of hands.
At the same time, according to Rosling, six counties- Cape Mount, Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Margibi and Sinoe, have reported over 70 Ebola cases in the last three weeks.
It can be recalled that in early November, the World Health Organization (WHO) assigned doctor in Lofa, Clement Peter, declared the Foya Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU) free of Ebola after it did not report cases of the disease in more than three weeks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) will declare a country Ebola-free if no new Ebola case is reported in 42 days.