AUSTRALIA’S latest Ebola outbreak has taken a grim turn with a hospital in the city of Monrovia having been the site of the worst outbreak in decades.
Key points:The first case has been confirmed in a Monroto man, and a second is now in isolation at the Monrovis hospitalIt is the first case in Australia since the first in the region was reported in late NovemberThe virus has spread to at least 20 other countries, with the worst affected states including Victoria, Queensland and New South WalesThe first cases in Monroviare the city’s St Thomas Hospital and the Monocobod hospital.
The outbreak began with an infection in a man who had visited Monrovo, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) west of the capital, Monroba.
The man was then diagnosed with Ebola and the two-hour isolation period at St Thomas was lifted.
In Monrova, a hospital spokeswoman said the infection was traced to a patient who had been admitted to the hospital and was undergoing treatment for Ebola.
It was not immediately clear whether he was infected in Australia or in Liberia.
The virus is transmitted through contact with body fluids, and there is no vaccine available to prevent the spread.
Health workers are being trained on how to spot symptoms, how to deal with an outbreak and how to manage the virus.
Monrovia’s governor, Jose Luis Sanchez, said the city would remain in lockdown until the outbreak was under control.
“I have a responsibility as the head of state, the president of the republic, to protect the country and its people,” he said.
“And if this outbreak is a threat to the national security of the Republic, then we must put it behind us.”ABC/wiresTopics:ebs-and-hiv,health,health-policy,epidemics-and%E2%80%99-disorders,southeast-asia,monrovia,antarctica