First Deaths In Monrovia As Ebola Outbreak Claims 7 Lives

First Deaths In Monrovia As Ebola Outbreak Claims 7 Lives


The deadly Ebola virus has killed seven people including four from the same household in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, health officials said.

Among the dead are a nurse and an infant, BBCNews reports.

These are the first deaths reported in Monrovia since the contagious virus broke out in several West African states.

The country worst affected by Ebola, Guinea has had 208 deaths since the outbreak was first reported in March.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola – one of the world’s deadliest viruses.

A nurse died Saturday at the state-run Redemption Hospital in the densely populated township of New Kru Town, west of Monrovia, according to Liberia’s Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah.

“When we knew that the nurse was confirmed (to have) the disease, we isolated her and started to provide protective treatment and supportive treatment and all of that to her. But unfortunately she died,” Nyenswah said on local radio, BBC reported.

A woman who came from Sierra Leone also died in Monrovia of Ebola, he said.

She “infested some people in the household,” causing the deaths of the baby and two other people, Nyenswah said, according to the report.