Via FrontPageAfrica: Ebola Mystery: Dog Meat Story Eclipses Border Lapse Theory. Excerpt:
The source of Liberia’s new confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus remains unknown with the professed strong surveillance network of the Ministry of Health unable to identify any clue since the death of patient zero on June 27, nearly a week ago. Liberia was officially declared Ebola free on May 9 by the World Health organization with assurances from officials of the Ministry of Health that the right system has now been put in place to quickly detect any new emergence of the killer virus.
More than 11,000 people have died of the disease since December 2013, the vast majority of them in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. But it has all turned out to be a hectic task for the country as the source of the virus which was confirmed positive in the specimen of a 17 year old boy who died before his status was known remains unknown.
According to Assistant Minister of Health for Curative and Preventive Services, Deputy Minister Designate of the Ministry of Health for Surveillance and Disease Control they are conducting investigation as there is no trace of the deceased travel outside Liberia prior to his death. “We know the community where the case came from but what we don’t know is the epic link or chain of transmission and we don’t also know the source of transmission. This is what we are investigating”, said Neynswah.
Dog meat eating
While the Ministry of Health is still sweating over finding out the source of the new Ebola case, in the village of Nedowein in Margibi County, some 30 miles from the capital, Monrovia, villagers are confused same as health officials, as a team of health workers from the Ministry of Health, the African Union Ebola mission (ASEOWA) all gathered on the main motor road in front of the village.
A team of FrontPageAfrica reporters visiting the area of the latest casualty noticed several jeeps and officials from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and the African Union monitors in chatters with residents as they sought to get to the bottom of how Ebola clawed its way back to Liberia.
In the village, what appears to be the inability of the government to provide essential information on the source of the virus has now led to speculations with news that the deceased and others ate a rotten dog meat. According to sources in the village the 17-year old boy along with others exhumed the body of dead dog that had been buried and used it for meal.
Although animals to human transmission is one major source of the deadly virus but domestic animals such as dog are yet to be established as one of the modes of transmission of Ebola. In its effort to trace the source of the virus the Ministry of Health looks to be heavily relying on the dog eating news from villagers. Accordingly a friend to the deceased also a teenager has fallen sick after eating the dog meat along with his late friend and others. A pregnant woman who is believed to have cooked the dog is also said to be sick.
Fear grips C. H. Rennie Hospital
In Kakata, Margibi County at the C.H. Rennie Hospital, the only referral in the county, specimen from a suspected patient was transferred to the Bong County Ebola laboratory for testing, a senior nurse at the hospital confirmed to FrontPageAfrica Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, fear gripped workers at the hospital with Ebola preventive measures reintroduced especially thorough screening of people entering and leaving the hospital with nurses were suited in their Personal Protective Equipment.
Angeline Kollie, a 23 year-old practicing nurse expressed fear over the suspected case observed at the hospital and said she hopes it proves negative.
“I pray to God for it to be negative because we know what Ebola did to this country, we don’t want it to come back”, she said. The practicing nurse said although they are aware of the preventive measures, but Ebola is normally very difficult to put under control.