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Liberia Minister Places Self Under Ebola Surveillance



In order not to be caught unaware, the Liberian Deputy Minister of Health, Bernice Dahn, has quarantined herself for 21 days after losing an office assistant to deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The Minister who had represented Liberia at the various regional conferences on war against Ebola stated Saturday that her decision was not because she was showing any of EVD symptoms, rather wanted to confirm she has not been infected.


Liberian Deputy Minister of Health, Bernice Dahn

Dahn’s resolve was in line with the Liberia’s government earlier directive, requesting citizens to report at the isolation centre if they observe any symptoms of the virus. The  World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended 21 days as the maximum incubation period for Ebola.

However, evidences have shown that Health officials, including medical doctors and nurses are susceptible to Ebola, obviously due to their closeness to the suspected and infected victims.

Over 2000 people have been killed in the West African sub region, with Liberia recording over 1000 since outbreak of the virus in March this year.

Still, another Ebola touched country is  Senegal which is expected to have received yesterday, a flight carrying humanitarian staff from Guinea, which is the first time aid workers from one of the three most hit countries were allowed entry into the country. Spokesperson of the World Food Program, Alexis Masciarelli, confirmed this development.

The current arrangement according to Masciarelli involves two weekly rotations between Dakar and Ebola-affected countries and a third weekly rotation between Dakar and Accra, Ghana, where a special UN mission to fight Ebola will be located.

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