Seven people have died after contracting the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia’s capital Monrovia, health officials have said.
These are the first deaths reported in the city since the outbreak of the contagious virus in several West African states.
Among the dead are a nurse and four people from the same household, including a baby, officials said.
Liberia’s Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said the nurse died on Saturday at the state-run Redemption Hospital in the densely populated township of New Kru Town, west of Monrovia.
“When we knew that the nurse was confirmed [to have] the disease, we isolated her and started to provide protective treatment and supportive treatment and all of that to her. But unfortunately she died,” Mr Nyenswah said on local radio.
The four members of the same household are said to have contracted the virus from a woman who had travelled from Sierra Leone.
The outbreak in the region has been traced to Guinea, with 208 deaths recorded there since the outbreak was first reported in March.
Source: BBC News