The UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Stephane DuJarric, on Wednesday, confirmed that an international member of staff who works for UN Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, tested positive for Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.
Mr. DuJarric confirmed this while briefing UN Correspondents on Wednesday in New York.
He said “this is the second case of Ebola in the mission.
“An earlier probable case resulted in the death of a staff member on September 25.
“The Mission has, therefore, taken all the necessary measures to prevent possible further transmission within or outside the mission.
“In line with World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols, the UNMIL Medical team has conducted immediate and robust contact tracing to ensure that all the people that came in contact with staff members if they were symptomatic are assessed and such staff quarantined.
“All UNMIL staff considered at risk have been isolated and ambulances and other locations decontaminated,” he told reporters.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Head of UNMIL, Karin Landgren, had announced early on Wednesday that an international staff member tested positive for Ebola.
WHO said that the total number of cases in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa now stood at 7,178, with 3,338 reported deaths.
Liberia alone recorded 2,210 deaths from Ebola as at Oct. 4, the government said.