Thanks to Greg Folkers for emailing the link to this April 25 report from GNN Liberia: 9 Persons Die Mysteriously In Sinoe County. The full report and then a comment:
Police in Sinoe County, southeastern Liberia, are investigation the mysterious death of nine persons after a repass of one late Edwin Dunbar, former Proprietor of One Family Entertainment Center who died few weeks ago in Greenville following a 2-night wake keeping.
According to our contact, those who died mysteriously include five females and four males, our contact said specimens from the nine deceased have been taken to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County for testing to establish the actual cause of death.
As a result of this terrible incident, officers of the Liberia National Police have been deployed in the streets of Greenville using mega phones and requesting those who ate the repass to report themselves.
Our contact said the strange and disturbing situation has created panic among citizens of the County, with others leaving for their towns and villages for fear of the unexpected.
County Health Officer John Logan when asked by our contact to speak on this prevailing situation, as to what is responsible for the mysterious deaths declined to comment on the issue.
At the same time according to our contact, the Police are encouraging citizens not to panic because many believe it is the return of the deadly Ebola virus disease. The dead have been deposited at the Francis J Grant Memorial Hospital in Greenville.
When contacted, Sinoe Superintendent Prosperous Browne told our reporter that he was in a tight meeting and could not comment on the report, but promised to speak subsequently with GNN-Liberia.
"Repass" sounds like a misspelling of "repast," a meal. If all the cases had attended a funeral meal for Mr. Dunbar, that suggests food poisoning. But if this was a traditional West African funeral, with touching and kissing of the corpse, the possibility of a new Ebola outbreak can't be ruled out.