Tests confirm Ebola infections in Liberia

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lisa Schnirring
Mar 31, 2014

Liberia’s health ministry said lab tests have confirmed Ebola hemorrhagic fever in two patients from a district that borders Guinea, the country where the outbreak began, according to a statement yesterday from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Also, the number of lab-confirmed cases in the outbreak continues to grow, with 24 cases now, the WHO said yesterday in a separate statement. The WHO has warned that the outbreak is a rapidly evolving event and that the numbers of cases and deaths could change.

Liberian patients traveled to Guinea

In Liberia, two samples tested positive for the virus among seven from adult patients from the same district in the country’s Lofa County, an area in northernmost region that shares a border with Guinea. Testing was done at mobile lab in the Guinea capital of Conakry run by the Pasteur Institute’s lab in Dakar, Senegal.

In a separate statement, the WHO said the two lab-confirmed cases involve people who had traveled to Guinea. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl today on Twitter said that Liberia has seven suspected and confirmed cases, four of them fatal.

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