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.