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    Liberia: Nurse Reportedly Dies of Lassa Fever in Bong, Nine People Quarantined
    24 January 2023
    FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)
    By Selma Lomax

    Suakoko — FrontPageAfrica has gathered that the Bong County Health Team has quarantined nine people over the outbreak of Lassa fever and the death of a health worker.

    It can be recalled, a nurse of the Phebe Hospital, Philimena Miller, said to be in her late 30s, died three days after being in isolation, credible sources told FrontPage Africa.

    Our source said the Bong County Health Team has already placed nine people under close monitoring so as to ensure that the fever does not spread to others...

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    Week 42: 16 October - 22 October 2023
    Data as reported by: 17:00; 22 October 2023

    All events currently being monitored by WHO AFRO...


    Lassa Fever

    Date notified to WCO 3/3/2022
    Start of reporting period 1/6/2022
    End of reporting period 10/30/2023

    Total cases 353
    Cases Confirmed 96
    Deaths 27
    CFR 7.60%

    From January 6, 2022, to week 42 of 2023, a cummulative total of 353 cases have been reported with 96 confirmed and 27 deaths.(CFR 7.9%).

    This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. This week’s articles cover: Diphtheria in Niger Cholera in Mozambique Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

    "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


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      Week 50: 11 -17 December 2023
      Data as reported by: 17:00; 17 December 2023


      Lassa Fever

      107 Cases
      32 Deaths
      30% CFR


      Lassa fever outbreaks in Liberia pose a major public
      health concern with cases recorded annually. This
      current outbreak has span from 6 January 2022 to date
      requiring focused attention and resources due to its
      impact on the well-being and safety of the population.

      The latest situation report, covering the week 49,
      highlights one new confirmed case which resulted in a
      death in Nimba County. Additionally, 14 new contacts
      have been identified and line-listed, bringing the total
      number of contacts currently under follow-up to 175.

      As of December 7, 2023, the outbreak has been reported
      in eight of Liberia’s 15 counties, with Bong, Grand
      Bassa, and Nimba counties being endemic areas. Other
      counties including Margibi, Lofa, Montserrado, Grand
      Kru, and River Gee have reported sporadic cases.

      Since the start of the outbreak on 6 January 2022 to 7
      December 2023, a total of 107 laboratory-confirmed
      cases, including 32 deaths, have been recorded,
      resulting in a case fatality rate (CFR=30%). Bong County
      has (57%, n=61) cases of the total recorded cases with
      13 deaths (CFR =40.6), followed by Grand Bassa County
      with (30.8%, n=33) cases and (CFR=31.3%, n=10)
      deaths. Nimba County has (8.4%, n=9) cases and seven
      (CFR=29.1%) deaths, Montserrado recorded the least
      with (3.7%, n=4) cases and two (CFR= 6.3%) deaths.

      A total of 1 098 contacts have been identified, including
      474 healthcare workers. Among these contacts, 61
      developed into confirmed cases of Lassa fever.

      Additionally, issues such as late health seeking behavior,
      limited trained clinical staff, insufficient infection
      prevention and control materials, inadequate community
      sensitization materials, and limited logistics for case
      investigation and contact tracing need to be addressed
      to enhance the effectiveness of the response.


      Coordination: The National Public Health Institute
      of Liberia and the Ministry of Health are providing
      technical and logistical support to County Health
      Teams, aided by various partners.

      Epidemiological Surveillance: Active case search
      and contact tracing are ongoing in affected
      communities and districts. Weekly situational
      reports are being developed and disseminated
      by affected counties.

      Laboratory Support: The National Public Health
      Reference Laboratory continues to test Lassa
      fever samples, having confirmed 107 cases since
      the outbreak began.

      Case Management and Infection Prevention and
      Control: Cases are being isolated and managed
      in designated facilities. Ribavirin, an antiviral
      medication, is being distributed for the treatment
      of Lassa fever cases in affected counties.

      Environmental and Vector Control: Clean-up
      campaigns and rodent control measures are
      ongoing in affected communities.

      Risk Communication and Community
      Engagement: Continuous risk communication
      and community engagement efforts are taking
      place in affected and surrounding communities.


      The ongoing Lassa fever outbreak in Liberia presents
      a significant public health challenge, especially given
      its high CFR and the involvement of healthcare workers
      as contacts.
      The coordinated response efforts,
      including robust surveillance, case management, and
      community engagement, are critical in controlling the
      spread of the virus. Strengthening health systems,
      particularly in rural and underserved areas, and
      enhancing community awareness and preventive
      measures will be key in mitigating the impact of Lassa
      fever and preventing future outbreaks.

      "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