A bed inside the Chinese-run Ebola treatment unit in Paynesville
The 44-year-old woman (name still withheld), a resident of Caldwell and a cook shop seller was diagnosed at an Ebola transit unit run by Medecins Sans Frontieres at the Redemption Hospital outside Monrovia.
Her case has been setback to Liberia’s quest to be free of the deadly virus by mid-April. Liberia had already gone 16 days since it last recorded a case, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Speaking Monday at a news conference in Monrovia, the Deputy Manager of the Incidence Management System, Dr. Francis Kateh said the response team was making frantic effort in gathering all of her contacts—primary and secondary. He said that all more than 40 other occupants of her residence in addition to contacts she made outside had been identified.
He said the woman was most likely to contract the virus from a male Ebola survivor, who had gone more than 100 days since he was discharged from a treatment unit.
According to him, the recent infection might provide new clues in tackling the Ebola disease, and urged Liberians to continue to adhere to preventive measures until the entire region is declared Ebola free.
However, Dr. Kateh added that the response team was exploring other avenues, saying that investigation had not been authenticated how the woman became infected. He said they were gathering every piece of information, including any possible contact with someone who had just entered the country or whether she was involved into cross-border trade.
On a welcoming note, Dr. Kateh disclosed that the woman was in a stable condition and was being given enormous attention by healthcare workers.
The Deputy Incident Manager, Dr. Francis Kateh said Liberia’s current surveillance system and the Rapid Isolation and Treating Ebola (RITE) strategy were responsible for quick identification of the woman’s Ebola case.
Pic: Inside the Chinese-run Ebola treatment unit in Paynesville