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Liberia will end its quarantine of Ebola-hit neighbourhoods in capital city Monrovia tomorrow morning, the government has announced.
The coastal West Point neighbourhood will be opened up again at 7am (6am GMT) after residents cooperated with health checks and education seminars about the disease.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samson Parker, says the late Dr. Samuel Enemou, who treated Olu Koye, a Nigerian diplomat with the Economic Community of West African States, was aware that the diplomat was a carrier of the deadly Ebola virus.
The commissioner stated this during a press conference in Port Harcourt on Friday evening.
Parker said, “He had received the late Dr. Patrick Sawyer in Lagos. Upon developing the symptom, confided in a female colleague, called Lilian, who contacted the late Enemuo. It was after contact was established with Dr. Enemuo that Olu Koye flew to Port Harcourt to see him.
“To conceal his movement, Koye, who had been quarantined among other people for having primary contact with the late Dr. Sawyer, the Liberian-American who transmuted the Ebola virus into Nigeria, sneaked out of the isolation unit where he was being observed and took a flight to Port Harcourt and switched off his phone so that he could not be reached or traced should he answer a call.”
On arrival in Port Harcourt, he said Koye checked into Mandate Gardens, a local hotel in the Rumunokoro area in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
The hotel is within the Rumunokoro area where Dr. Enemuo’s private health facility, Sam Steel Clinic is located.
Parker added, “From what we have gathered so far, Dr. Enemuo, knowing that Koye was positive of the Ebola virus took some measures of precaution to protect himself while treating Koye.
“Knowing the enormity of what he was doing, Enemuo upon Koye’s departure for Lagos, poured bleach all over the room that Koye slept in order to sanitise the place.”
Parker also said 60 more people who had secondary contacts with Koye were quarantined last night, bringing the total so far to 100.
Health workers have gone on strike at a major Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone... hospital staff told Reuters on Saturday.
"The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid out allowances and we lack some tools," said Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the clinic.
Clothing to protect health workers being infected from the deadly virus is inadequate and there is only one broken stretcher which is used to carry both patients and corpses, he added.
A suspected case of Ebola infection have been discovered in Sweden.
A person who visited one of the countries risk has fallen ill with fever - and cared for now at the infectious diseases clinic at Karolinska Hospital.
- The risk is minimal that it is Ebola, but we are extremely strict in management, says Åke Örtqvist, Director of Disease Control in Stockholm County.
At 17:30 o'clock on Sunday sent a specially equipped ambulance to Solna to pick a man with Sweden's first suspected cases of Ebola.
The man had fallen ill with a fever, and when he recently visited a risk countries where the epidemic struck. Healthcare acted then, according to the action plan that the National Board has developed and the man has been transferred to the infectious disease unit at Karolinska Hospital.
"Not the first time"
Anders Tegnell, state epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency, said that it is not the first time that a suspected Ebola cases are being investigated.
- We have had some samples during this spring with suspected cases. All have been closed very quickly. It has been about people who have been in this part of the world and had a fever, says Anders Tegnell.
He is not surprised that yet another suspected case is now being investigated.
- We have talked about all the time and is entirely expected. It has happened in most EU countries already and we have said that had cases in Sweden before. It will continue that way and that's the way it should be. We are such an extremely high level of what is suspected to enable us to minimize the risk that something would turn up and we miss it.
The official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) who took Ebola to Port Harcourt has been identified as Olu-Ibukun Koye.
Koye made contact with index case, Patrick Sawyer but later fled quarantine despite showing symptoms of the disease.
He travelled to Port Harcourt where he hired Dr. Iyke Samuel Enemuo to treat him at Mandate Hotel.
Enemuo’s wife and child have been quarantined and about 200 people have also been placed under observation.
Reports have it that Koye might face charges of manslaughter for his actions which led to Enemuo’s death.
originally posted by: joho99
Disease modelers project a rapidly rising toll from Ebola
Based on the known numbers.
Extrapolating existing trends, the number of the sick and dying mounts rapidly from the current toll—more than 3000 cases and 1500 deaths—to around 10,000 cases by September 24, and hundreds of thousands in the months after that. “The numbers are really scary,” he says—although he stresses that the model assumes control efforts aren't stepped up. "We all hope to see this NOT happening," Vespigani writes in an e-mail.