Liberia says first Ebola patient in a month is isolated case

MONROVIA Mar. 27: A Liberian woman who last week became the country’s first Ebola patient in more than one month has not passed on the infection to anyone else, a senior official said on Wednesday.

The case was a setback to hopes that Liberia, once the worst Ebola-hit country, would soon be officially declared free of the deadly disease. “The patient is in a stable condition. She is responding to treatment,” said Francis Karteh, the head of Liberia’s Ebola Incident Management Team. “She had contact with more than 50 people. We have been following these people and they are all home with no sign of Ebola yet.” In a boost to Liberia’s efforts, the frontline Doctors Without Borders (MSF) aid agency announced it was stopping its work at a 250-bed Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, the largest in the country, “due to the decreased number of Ebola cases”.

“The cessation of activities will allow MSF to prepare the structure for the handover to the Liberian ministry of health,” the group said in a statement, adding that it would remain “vigilant and ready to respond in case the number of Ebola cases rises again”.