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

The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) confirmed a new Ebola Virus Disease case in Tonkolili District on January 14, following consecutive Ebola-positive post-mortem test results. A rapid response team deployed to Tonkolili the same day to assist case investigation and response efforts.

On January 21, the GoSL confirmed that a family member and close caretaker of the deceased individual subsequently developed Ebola, and immediately began receiving treatment at a specialized Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city.

Guinea began a 90-day period of heightened surveillance on December 30, as the Government of Guinea and humanitarian partners transition to surveillance and recovery activities.

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: January 22, 2016

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