-The Ministry of Health has issued an alert about an unknown disease
-The disease has taken lives in Liberia
-Blood Samples have been taken to the United States to verify the type of disease
The Ministry of Health has sounded a word of caution to all regarding a disease they believe can find its way into the country if care is not taken.
The disease has already taken eleven lives in Liberia and information reaching the ministry is that some nine others are said to also be infected with the disease.
The ministry has therefore ordered all the appropriate bodies to be on high alert to avert the circumstance of having the epidemic cross over into the country.
The ministry issued the order on health safety grounds.
Doctors in Liberia have however confirmed that the strange disease is not Ebola. According to the doctors, the nine infected patients were exhibiting the same symptoms as the eleven who have already passed on. They indicated that the symptoms included headache, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, mental confusion, abdominal pain and fever.
Authorities in Liberia were given prior warning of the disease in April this year due to a number of reported deaths in the province of south-eastern Sinoe County.
According to Dr. Francis Kateh, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, preliminary tests carried out on the suspected patients come out negative when the tested for Ebola. The tests also revealed that the main means of transmitting the unknown disease was through body contact.
As it stands now, doctors have still been unable to tell what kind of disease that has broken out. To show support, the World Health Organization has sent in experts into Liberia to provide technical and logistical backing to health professionals working to identify the disease.
As it stands now, pragmatic steps have been taken by the parties involved to ascertain the disease. Some blood samples have been flown to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention in the United States to investigate and come out with findings to help fight the outbreak.
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