Liberia finds 'missing Ebola patients'
Seventeen suspected Ebola patients who went missing in Liberia after a health centre in the capital was attacked have been found, a minister has said. “They were traced and finally they turned themselves in” at a treatment centre.
The government had previously denied they were missing.
The Liberian information minister said the missing patients were now at the newly expanded treatment unit opened over the weekend at the John F Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in the capital, Monrovia.
Mr Lewis Brown also said the health of three Liberian doctors infected with Ebola had improved after they received the experimental drug Zmapp.
Two US missionaries, who were flown home for treatment from Liberia, are reportedly recovering from the virus after taking doses of the same medicine.
The drug was also given to a 75-year-old Spanish priest who contracted Ebola in Liberia, but he died in Spain last week. In Nigeria, which has had four fatal Ebola cases, health officials say five people have now recovered from the virus and been discharged from hospital in Lagos.
Another three are still being treated.
In neighbouring Sierra Leone, the agricultural minister has said the outbreak is having a severe impact on the economy, as 66% of people were farmers and agriculture accounted for 46% of GDP and 25% of all exports.
“We’re expecting devastating effects not only on the labour, but we’re also talking about farms being abandoned by people running away from the epicentres,” Joseph Sam Sesay told the BBC.
Since the outbreak spread to Nigeria in July, when a person infected with Ebola flew from Liberia to Lagos, several airlines have stopped flights to the worst-affected countries.
Kenya’s ban on people from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone entering the East African nation comes into force on Wednesday – and Cameroon has closed its land, sea and air borders with Nigeria.