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-Following funeral and burial in Margibi

Over 2000 residents of Lofa Town in Margibi County have been quarantined for hosting the dead body of an Ebola patient transported from Monrovia and participating in the funeral and burial rites of the deceased.

The Director for Community Health in Margibi, Joseph J. Korhene, narrated that on December 17, 2014, the county health authorities received call that a dead body had been transported from Monrovia to Margibi County for burial.

He said immediately the county health team took specimen of the dead body and was tested positive on December 18.

Mr. Korhene, who spoke to The NewDawn on December 23, 2014 in Margibi County, said before the health team arrived in the town, family members of the deceased had already held wake keeping attended by residents of eight surrounding villages.

The Community Health Director further narrated that the victim died on Bushrod Island in Monrovia, noting that decision by family members to take the body to Margibi was intentional.

 “The plan of the family was intentional; after the lady died from Ebola Virus, the family decided to bring the body to Margibi here. Knowing the police will want to fine out, so they dressed the lady as if she was alive and sat her (dead body) in the car between two of her relatives in order to reach her body here”, he detailed.

According to Mr. Korhene, the taxi driver, who transported the Ebola body to Margibi, was later traced while heading for Bong County with the vehicle and brought back to Margibi where he is currently being quarantined in Lofe Town with the 2000 residents of the town.

He expressed thanks and appreciation to the Red Cross and other partners for providing food and other items to the quarantined residents.

He also appealed to the Government of Liberia and the National Ebola Task Force to provide vehicles and other materials for the Margibi County health team that is on the frontline in stopping the virus from spreading in the county and beyond.

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