The Head of the Incident Management System (IMS), the command center responsible to oversee Liberia’s Ebola response, has clarified that contrary to several reports on social media, including Facebook and other sources, Liberia has no other confirmed Ebola case apart from a lady who tested positive for the virus but died last weekend.“Since the 20th, we have one confirmed case. Unfortunately, the case has since died,” he said Monday. “No other confirmed cases since then as of this morning (March 30). I am not saying it will not be (a case)if it is tested positive. But the cases are being followed up, nobody is sick yet.”
Nyenswah disclosed that out of 211 contacts that were being monitored by the Ministry of Health team, 26 contacts have been cleared while 185 contacts are still under surveillance. “We still are intensifying our normal contact tracing. We are investigating to see whether or not the people should remain on the contact list or it is fair enough to release them,” he said.
Nyenswah, who is also the Assistant Health Minister, reiterated warnings to Ebola survivors to abstain from sex for 90 or more days or observe safe sex practices by use of condoms. Liberia‘s last Ebola victim who died from the virus recently is reported to have contracted the virus through sexual intercourse.
The Assistant Health Minister told reporters Monday at the Information Ministry press conference that sexually active Ebola survivors should abstain from sex or observe safe sex practices through correct and consistent use of condoms in order to stop the transmission of the disease. Said Nyenswah: “It’s like we were talking HIV and AIDS. It’s not our first time hearing this. We’ve been talking about condom use. The same applies to infectious diseases like Ebola. Condoms use for a maximum period of three months.
“However, because of new information and research that are going on, we say for greater security and public health and prevention of all sexual transmitted infections, Ebola survivors should consider correct and consistent use of condoms for all sexual acts.”
Published: 31 March 2015. by Stephen D. Kollie, Stephen
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