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ANOTHER ebola outbreak?

Catherine Patterson cpatterson at WATSON.PRINCETON.EDU
Thu Dec 14 11:48:40 EST 1995

This is off of one mailing I get:
Disease outbreaks reported to WHO

Ebola (C=D9ote d'Ivoire confirmed, Liberia suspected)

as at 11.12.95 [11 Dec.]

The WHO-led international team of experts continues to investigate
hospital and village contacts of the confirmed case of Ebola
haemorrhagic fever in the Tabou Prefecture (south of the Tai
National Park) of Cote d'Ivoire.

The confirmed case is a 25 year-old refugee from neighbouring
Liberia who was admitted to the health facility of the Co=D9te d'Ivoire
village of Gozon, 15 km from the border. The patient is isolated and
all precautions have been taken to ensure that the infection will
not spread in or from the health facility. The man appears to be

Yesterday, the five-member team visited the household of the
confirmed case which is located in Plibo village in Liberia's
Maryland County. The man lived there with three other men and two
women, one of whom was his wife. The team found that two of the
three men were sick with fever and extreme fatigue - which could be
signs and symptoms of early Ebola infection. Both have been isolated
in their home. The third, believed to be sick as well, had left the
household prior to investigation. His whereabouts are being traced.
The health status of these contacts is being investigated.

Of the two women, one has been hospitalized in Co=D9te d'Ivoire with
symptoms which could be Ebola fever. The other one - the wife of the
confirmed Ebola case - was not in the household when the team
visited. Her whereabouts are likewise being traced. Samples of blood
from the two sick men and the woman were taken and sent to the
Institut Pasteur in Abidjan where serological hospitalized tests
will be conducted by the team.

Maryland County, where the village of the confirmed Ebola case is
situated, is controlled by the National Patriotic Front of Liberia.
The NPFL gave its permission for the WHO team to enter the area and
carry out the Ebola case investigation. Soldiers of the NPLF also
informed the team members that there had been recent deaths in River
Bay - another village in the vicinity of Plibo. The WHO team is
thoroughly investigating this information and is in River Bay today.
Tomorrow, the team will return to the village of Plibo to check the
household contacts of the Ebola case again.

The health authorities of Cote d'Ivoire, WHO experts, team members
from Me=C8decins sans Fronti=CBres and EpiCentre (Paris) are working with
health workers of the Tabou region to ensure they are aware of the
early symptoms of Ebola infection and the public health measures to
control it.

There is no indication at this juncture that international travel to
and from Cote d'Ivoire or Liberia should be interrupted.

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