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  • Liberia: 2022 Monkeypox

    Liberia reports first monkeypox case since 2018
    Reuters | Monrovia | Updated: 25-07-2022 21:45 IST | Created: 25-07-2022 21:45 IST
    Liberia reports first monkeypox case since 2018

    Liberia has reported its first monkeypox case since 2018, the West African country's National Public Health Institute said in a statement on Monday.

    The statement said the case had been confirmed on July 23.

    Last edited by Pathfinder; July 28, 2022, 10:00 AM. Reason: Added link

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    Liberia declares Monkey pox outbreak – First case confirmed in Maryland

    25 July 2022

    Monrovia, July 25, 2022: The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia has today declared an out-break of monkey pox, following confirmation of a case in Maryland on the 24th of July 2022 by the National Public Health Reference Laboratory and the World Health Organisation has been duly informed as required by the International Health Regulations protocol of 2005. It is confirmed that it is a cross border imported case from Ivory Coast. The country has moved in to heighten surveillance in Maryland and nearby counties and most importantly at the main ports of entry as one of the measures to curb the outbreak.

    The Honorable Minister of health – Dr Wilhilemina Jallah has urged the general public to report any strange skin conditions that resemble chicken pox to the nearest health facility in the area.

    “Anybody smearing chalk on the face could be concealing a skin disease. Report any cases of individuals presenting with fever, headache, muscle pains, blistering, rash and swollen lymph nodes”, said Dr Jallah

    Minister Jallah further encouraged the public to immediately isolate anyone displaying signs and symptoms of the disease and called for calm as there is no need to panic.

    Complementing the Minister of Healths message, the WHO Liberia Country Representative Dr Peter Clement, added that since April this year the world has been reporting monkey pox cases, with close to 74 countries having reported so far- including countries that have never had cases in the past. The number of cases is over 16,000 globally with a low death rate of around 1%.

    “Monkey pox is already declared Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This means if a country has confirmed a case of monkey pox it is important to raise the awareness, strengthen surveillance, engage communities appropriately, isolated the case and ensure health workers adhere to infection and prevention control measures to protect more people and limit the transmission as quickly as possible in a well-coordinated manner”, said Dr Clement.

    He further added that the virus can respond to small pox vaccines which were used in the past- very few countries have started using the vaccines; but this is targeted based on proper risk assessment

    It’s through Liberia’s robust routine surveillance system that the case was detected in Maryland and the country has confirmed having the capacity to test and confirm cases of monkey pox. WHO will continue to provide the government with the necessary support.

    This is the second time Liberia has confirmed monkey pox in country since the first case in 2018. Monkey pox has been endemic in West and Central Africa but has been reported for the first time in Europe. Cases of monkey pox have been reported from countries where the disease is not endemic, and continue to be reported in several endemic countries. On Saturday 23rd July 2022, the WHO declared Monkey pox as Public Health Emergency of the International Concern globally.
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      Week 32: 1 - 7 August 2022
      Data as reported by: 17:00; 7 August 2022

      All events currently being monitored by WHO AFRO

      Liberia Monkeypox Grade 3

      Date notified to WCO 21-Jul-22
      Start of reporting period 23-Jul-2022
      End of reporting period 8-Aug-22

      Total cases 2
      Cases Confirmed 2
      Deaths 0
      CFR 0.0%

      Liberia confirmed a case of Monkeypox on 23 rd July 2022 through the National Public health Reference Laboratory in the country. The case is a 43-year-old male who resides and works in Ebokayville Une, La Côte D’Ivoire but sought treatment at the Pleabo Health centre in Maryland County, Liberia where he was detected and isolated with 4 contacts being line-listed. As of 8 August 2022, two confirmed cases of monkeypox and 0 deaths were reported.
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela