Via the Daily Observer: 38 Deaths in 3 Days: Ebola Wreaks Havoc in Lofa. Excerpt:
The Ebola virus is taking a deadly toll on the northern county of Lofa where the deadly disease initially crossed over from neighboring Guinea. More and more people in that county continue to be victimized by the virus.
In a statistical report provided by the Lofa Health Team on the status of the situation in the county, made available to the Daily Observer Wednesday, August 13, there were 38 deaths recorded in three days. These include confirmed Ebola cases, probable and suspected. This report covers the three-day period August 8 to 11, 2014. The number of new contact cases within this period (August 8-11) stands at 81.
The total deaths in the county since May 29, 2014 to date stands at 221. Lofa is so far one of the most highly affected counties.
The update also disclosed that the number of patients presently at the Foya Care Center (August 8-11), one of the two Ebola centers in the country, stands at 81.
New reported death amongst health workers (August 8-11) is one, totaling 12 deaths since the outbreak in May.
During this period, 45 specimens were taken and tested: 15 were positive, 8 negative and the rest are still pending.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently said she is saddened by the fast pace at which the virus is spreading in the country, especially to other communities that were not previously affected.
“And what this means is that our people are still not listening to the pieces of advice and instructions that are being given.” Such instructions include constant hand washing; avoiding handshakes and touching in general; immediate reporting of cases of high fever, vomiting and bleeding; and avoiding touching anyone suspected to have the virus.
Meanwhile it is being reported that nine members of a single family of 15 were being removed from the Macenta road community, in the capital Voinjama, to the Foya Care Center. This is, however, another worrying concern for the people of Voinjama City, as it wrestles in the grip of the virus.
Macenta road community is located just after the Mandingo quarter where eight persons died few days ago, and is also a predominantly Mandingo community.
According to sources, six members of this family of 15 had already died from the virus. The nine remaining family members were being taken to the Foya Care Center.