The United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL has reported the fourth Ebola case among its staff in less than a month. In a press statement issued in Monrovia, UNMIL says on Tuesday, 23 December, one of its staff members tested positive for the Ebola Virus Disease and was immediately transferred to an Ebola Treatment Unit. “Our thoughts are very much with the staff member and their family”, the statement added.
This is the fourth case of Ebola in the mission and UNMIL personnel continue to mourn the deaths of two colleagues who died from the disease only three months ago, according to the statement. Another member of UNMIL’s personnel who contracted the disease has recovered and was discharged from hospital earlier this week.
The confirmation of an additional Ebola case in UNMIL at the start of the holiday period is a stark reminder.
UNMIL is taking all necessary measures to mitigate any possible further transmission – both within the mission and beyond. In line with World Health Organization protocols, the UNMIL Medical team is conducting robust contact tracing to ensure that all people who came into contact with the staff member while symptomatic are assessed and quarantined.
All UNMIL staff considered at-risk is being isolated. The vehicles used to transport the patient and locations they visited while symptomatic are being decontaminated.
The Mission says Liberians can be proud of the progress they have made against Ebola since October.” I now urge all Liberians to take extra care to guard against Ebola as they gather with friends and family over the holidays”, said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Karin Landgren.
Meanwhile, UNMIL has assured that its commitment to Liberia remains steadfast, and the mission will continue to do all that it can within its range of capabilities to support efforts to roll back the Ebola Virus.
UNMIL recently isolated 22 military personnel after one officer got infected with the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.
SRSG Karin Landgren, said the UNMIL military personnel, who tested positive for the Ebola Virus Disease on 3 December was evacuated from the US-run Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia to the Netherlands.