Liberian Troops Enforce Quarantine

liberianSecurity forces in Liberia’s capital have deployed to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in Monrovia in order to contain the spread of Ebola.

The isolation of West Point and a countrywide night-time curfew are the latest anti-Ebola measures to be ordered by the president.

“We have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials… disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the government”.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 1,200 people have died of the virus in four West African countries. In Nigeria, a top Lagos doctor has just died of the virus.

That brings the number of people who have died of Ebola in Nigeria to five, the health ministry said. Colleagues said consultant Stella Ameyo Adadevo was the first medic to order that a sick patient from Liberia be tested for Ebola when he was admitted in July.

“We owe her a lot; she managed the situation like a thorough professional that she was. She had helped Nigeria to contain the epidemic in her own way,” Akin Osibogun, the chief medical director at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, told Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper.

Officials says five people have recovered from the virus in Nigeria and have been discharged from hospital in Lagos. Two are still being treated.

Since the outbreak spread to Nigeria in July, several airlines have stopped flights to the region.

Kenyan travel restrictions have now taken effect, blocking travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – the three countries most affected by the outbreak.

According to the AFP news agency, some Air France flight crews are refusing to board planes bound for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria because of fears over the outbreak.

Last week, the WHO reiterated that the risk of transmission of Ebola during air travel was low as the virus was not airborne.

It is transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person. Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorr-haging from areas such as eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can cause organ failure.

There is no known cure for Ebola, but the WHO has ruled that untested drugs can be used to treat patients in light of the scale of the current outbreak – the deadliest to date.

The experimental drug ZMapp has been used to treat several people who contracted Ebola in Liberia. Two US aid workers and three doctors in Liberia have reportedly responded well to the treatment, though a Spanish priest died despite taking the drug.

 BBC

 

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