The third UN peacekeeper that contracted Ebola in the country of Liberia was identified recently. It was reported that he is being treated in Monrovia and the patient’s identity was not yet released to the public.
UNMIL (UN Mission In Liberia) issued an official statement in which it mentioned that it takes steps in order to make sure that all those coming into contact with the infected peacekeeper are checked. Those that came into contact while the patient was symptomatic are quarantined and a number of 16 people were so far identified.
Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, declared:
“Our thoughts are with the patient’s family, friends and colleagues”.
It was further reported that the UN mission peacekeeper tested positive during Wednesday.
The former two mission members that were infected with Ebola eventually died on October 13th and September 25th.
At the moment, the Ebola outbreak is calming down in Guinea and Liberia but it is reaching new heights in Sierra Leone, where doctors end up faced with huge problems as improper burial teams exist and not enough beds are available for those infected.
According to WHO, over 17,000 people were infected so far and over 6,000 of these cases died, with the main countries affected being Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.