Liberia

Liberia Tubmanburg
Within the Tubmanburg ETU is a changing area where local and international staff with the International Organization for Migration will be donning goggles and other protective equipment to care for patients.
Carol Han, USAID/OFDA

Latest West Africa Ebola Fact Sheet


Key Developments

On June 29, the government of Liberia (GoL) reported the identification of a new Ebola case in Nedowian village, Margibi County - Liberia’s first new case since March 22. The GoL, technical experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. government Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), and other Ebola response actors are investigating the case, identifying known contacts, and working with local officials in the affected county. To date, the source of transmission is unknown.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that between June 10 and 24, the area of active transmission in Guinea’s four Ebola-affected prefectures—Boké, Conakry, Dubréka, and Forécariah—has changed and, in some cases, expanded. For instance, in Boké Prefecture, Ebola cases are increasingly found among more densely populated urban areas. The new case in the capital city of Conakry is not linked to a known source of transmission.

The two cases reported in Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown are the first confirmed cases in Western Area Urban in more than two weeks, according to WHO.

Background

In the wake of accelerated EVD transmission countrywide, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a state of emergency on August 6, enabling the GoL to deploy troops and police to impose quarantines, when necessary, to combat the spread of EVD.

On August 4, U.S. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac declared a disaster due to the effects of the EVD outbreak in Liberia. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated a U.S. Government (USG) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to help coordinate and augment EVD outbreak response efforts throughout Liberia. As of late December, the USG had provided a total of nearly $815 million to support the humanitarian response in EVD-affected countries of West Africa.

Last updated: July 01, 2015

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