Liberia

Liberia Tubmanburg
Within the Tubmanburg ETU is a changing area where local and international staff with the International Organization for Migration will be donning goggles and other protective equipment to care for patients.
Carol Han, USAID/OFDA

Latest West Africa Ebola Fact Sheet


Key Developments

The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) Ministry of Health and Sanitation discharged the country’s final Ebola patient from the Makeni Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Bombali District on August 24. GoSL President Ernest Bai Koroma presided over a ceremony marking the event and attended by U.S. government Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) members, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention representatives, and other Ebola response actors. The GoSL also reported no new confirmed Ebola cases during the week of August 17–23. Case investigators continue to monitor 38 contacts of known cases in Western Area, all of whom will complete their quarantine or monitoring period by August 29, provided no additional Ebola cases occur. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) will declare the end of the current EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone following 42 days of no confirmed cases; the 42-day period began August 25.

For the first time in four weeks, a health care worker contracted Ebola during the week of August 17–23, according to WHO. The case was reported in Conakry, Guinea.

Background

In the wake of accelerated EVD transmission countrywide, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a state of emergency on August 6, enabling the GoL to deploy troops and police to impose quarantines, when necessary, to combat the spread of EVD.

On August 4, U.S. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac declared a disaster due to the effects of the EVD outbreak in Liberia. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated a U.S. Government (USG) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to help coordinate and augment EVD outbreak response efforts throughout Liberia. As of late December, the USG had provided a total of nearly $815 million to support the humanitarian response in EVD-affected countries of West Africa.

Last updated: August 31, 2015

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