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The Ministry of Defense has denied claims here that 10 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia have allegedly died as a result of an outbreak of Hepatitis C at the BTC military barracks in Monrovia.

In a follow up with Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs David Dahn following report of the alleged outbreak, he said there was absolutely no outbreak declared at the barracks by medical personnel.

“No outbreak whatsoever there; I heard that guy on … [the] radio station; I have no idea, there’s no outbreak that has been declared by any medical person,” Assistant Minister Dahn told this paper via mobile phone Thursday, December 24.

He insisted that there was no death in the barracks as claimed, and countered what he says was being rumored by politicians that the country was going bad off, army officers dying from Hepatitis C, no money, among others.

However, when he was further asked about the health condition of army officers in the barracks, Dahn argued that he was not a medical person and as such, could not speak of their health condition on grounds that he did not want to speak outside of medical report.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne

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