Liberia closes border with Ebola-hit Guinea
Written by Morenike Adebayo on March 22, 2016
Liberia closed its border with Guinea today as a precaution against Ebola following at least four deaths from the virus in Guinea. The deaths occurred since the twenty-ninth of February, while Liberia was declared free of new transmissions of the virus in January.
Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nangbe said the border will remain closed until the situation in Guinea improves. A team of medics with protective gear has also been sent to the border to improve surveillance.
Meanwhile, the medical authorities in Guinea say they have traced hundreds of people who may have come into contact with the Ebola virus. A spokesman for Guinea’s Ebola co-ordination unit said eight hundred and sixteen people from one hundred and seven families have been identified as possibly having had contact with the victims.
He said they will be placed in quarantine for three weeks. More than eleven thousand people died in the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone which began in late 2013. All three countries have experienced sporadic flare-ups since the disease was brought under control.