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“No case of Corona Virus”

--Health authorities clarify

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The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health (MoH), the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and other development partners including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) say there is no case of Corona Virus Disease in Liberia.

During a news conference held Friday, 24 January at the Ministry of Health in Oldest Congo Town, health authorities said even though there are confirmed number of cases of Corona Virus in China, but there is no reported case in Liberia so far.

Making remarks at the news conference, NPHIL Director General Dr. Mosoka Fallah said health officials are intensifying surveillance system amid the number of people who have died of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus in China.

Dr. Fallah tells journalists that on 31 December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia of unknown cause was reported in China, and a coronavirus was identified as the causative virus by Chinese authorities on 7 January.

Dr. Fallah indicates that the MoH and NPHIL will carry out thorough health screenings at the Roberts International Airport and the Freeport of Monrovia on passengers arriving from the destination of the virus.However, the NPHIL has urged citizens to avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.

It further cautions citizens to do frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.

For his part, WHO Representative Mesfin Gebrikidan Zebelo says based on available information, the WHO does not recommend any restriction on people who are desirous of going, or leaving from China.

He says people should be told to do the right thing by using all the preventive measures so as to avoid coming in contact with others who will be going to China for business or private reasons.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, and cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia, severely acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.By Lewis S. Teh—Edited by Winston W. Parley