The Claim on social media that Liberia has suspected cases of Ebola is True
“Our first suspected case of Ebola came from Guinea last evening. The patient is currently at the Redemption Hospital awaiting lab work. Dr. Mohammed Swaray who treated her at MEDICOVER Clinic, Soul Clinic Branch is currently in self-isolation and the clinic is under surveillance awaiting lab results from Redemption.
“The relatives of the patient that escorted her to the clinic are asked to keep in isolation until otherwise. The patient returned from Nzerkoure, one of the troubled spots in Guinea a few days ago with a high fever and running stomach and was on medication at a local clinic around the FDA Community in Paynesville for about three days before going to MEDICOVER Clinic. The Minister of Health, Dr. Jallah is informed and the health authorities are making all efforts to bring the situation under control.”
We contacted the Ministry of Health, National Public Health Institute (NPHIL) and Medical Doctors to verify the claim and responses show that the claim is Debatable and True.
Though the Minister of Health Dr. Wilhemina Jallah on a media outlet said there is no suspected case of Ebola in Liberia a source at NPHIL said the information is True adding that the patient (age 26) was diagnosed with high fever and with a travel history of over two weeks from Guinea. The first test is Negative while the second test including the COVID-19 Test is ongoing.
At the same time, Risk Communication lead Chester Smith said excluding the 26-year-old patient four others are being tested as suspected cases based on symptoms.
Ebola is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is suspected to be transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. It can be transmitted through human contact with the body fluids of a person infected with the virus.
Major symptoms of the disease can include some of the following: fever, sometimes unexplained bleeding tendencies from nose, gums, vagina, skin or eyes, as well as vomiting and diarrhea.