Liberia Ebola Death Toll Hits 34

The latest update on the Ebola virus in Liberia issued by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organization puts the total death toll from the disease at 34 as at June 22.

The update indicates that between 19 and 22 June 2014, a total of 10 new cases and 8 new deaths were reported from Lofa County, while Montserrado County had 2 cases and 2 deaths, bringing the cumulative number of cases and deaths reported from Liberia to 51.

According to the breakdown, there are 34 confirmed, 10 probable and 7 suspected cases with 34 deaths recorded. The update, which also outlines the geographical distribution of these cases and deaths, shows Lofa having 36 cases and 21 deaths; Montserrado, 11 cases and 11 deaths; Margibi, 2 cases and 2 deaths; and Nimba, 2 cases and 0 death, with 15 patients currently in the EVD Treatment Centre in Lofa. The update further revealed that the number of contacts currently being followed-up countrywide is 232 and are distributed as follows: Lofa 112 and Montserrado, 120.

The report also disclosed that of a total 391,159 or 40.7 percent completed the follow-up period out of contacts registered since the beginning of the outbreak and have completed the mandatory 21-day observation period.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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