The Liberian Government has ordered the closure of its border with neighboring Guinea amid concerns of a new outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in that country.
Liberia’s Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe told Reuters News Agency the closure of the border Tuesday is a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the disease.
He said the border “will remain closed until the situation in Guinea improves. We are not taking any chances at all.”
The Information Minister said Liberia has also sent medical personnel to crossing points along the entire Guinea border.
The World Health Organization declared Guinea free of all Ebola transmission in December 2015. However, on March 17, WHO confirmed two new cases of Ebola in the Guinean town of Nzerekore, a mother and her five-year-old son.
The country’s Ebola coordination unit has since identified an estimated 816 people who may have come in contact with the victims, and are being quarantined in their homes for 21 days to ensure they are Ebola-free.
On the same day the new infections were confirmed in Guinea, WHO announced an end to the latest flare-up of Ebola in Sierra Leone, which shares common borders with Guinea and Liberia.
Guinea is believed to be the epicenter of the worst Ebola outbreak on record.
Since it began there in 2013, more than 28,600 people have been infected, resulting to 11,300 deaths, with almost all the deaths occurring in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.