Via ReliefWeb, the IFRC has published Liberia: Ebola Virus Disease outbreak - Emergency appeal n° MDRLR001 operations update n° 2 - Liberia. Click through to download the PDF of the four-page report. The summary:
On the 29 of May 2014 a new Ebola virus disease (EVD) case was confirmed in Lofa County of Liberia, and the patient died. The trace goes back to Guinea whilst a list of 11 contacts was released from the Ministry of Health (MoH) thus five health workers and relatives.
This comes in the aftermath of confirmed cases from Guinea and Sierra Leone in the week beginning 18 May (between 19 and 22 of May). In Guinea eight cases have been confirmed, three in Gueckedou and three in Macenta (close to the border of Lofa) - and two confirmed cases close to the border to Guinea Bissau (which is far from Liberia).
In Sierra Leone (neighbouring Cape Mount County in Liberia) five new cases have been reported of which four were confirmed positive and the patients have died, and one suspected case was confirmed negative. At least five of the contacts have fled into the bush with the risk of escaping to Liberia as the border is easily accessible.
The Ebola threat in Liberia is increasing as the situation is deteriorating in the neighbouring countries Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the situation is far from under control.
The operational strategy of the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) up till now implies that the counties of Lofa, Montserrado and Margibi considered high-risk areas and the counties of Bong and Nimba considered low to medium risk areas. Lofa and Margibi have both experienced confirmed EVD cases. Lofa is close to the Guinean border and the epicentre of the regional outbreak.
Margibi and Montserrado (where the capital Monrovia is located) are considered high risk areas due to high population density.
This strategy of the LNRCS will be revised and adjusted to this new development. LNRCS and IFRC already visited the county health teams (CHT) and the Chapter in Cape Mount in order to assess the situation and initiate mobilisation of volunteers. It is being considered to include Cape Mount County in the action.