At the start of the week, a patient who had travelled to Ivory Coast all the way from Guinea had tested positive to Ebola at the time she had gone to a hospital to report a fever, and ever since, the patient has been put in an intensive care unit.
According to WHO, 49 other people who have come in touch with the patient during her movement from Guinea to Abidjan have been found.
Some of these people happened to be co passengers during the bus ride to Abidjan and some were family members who had been in touch with her before she got on the bus; this was stated by Georges Ki-Zerbo WHO specialist.
Mamadou Houdy Bah, a health official in Labe which is the starting position the bus had left for Ivory Coast, reported that fifty eight other people who have had contact with the patient had been singled out but neither of them displayed signs of the virus.
It was also stated that about 70 people were on the bus while only 33 of them alighted at Abidjan as the rest went past Abidjan; stops were made in Duekoue, Guezabo and Yamoussoukro.
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Health Minister affirmed that they were able to identify these contact cases through the networking connections they had, and so far three contact cases have tested negative to the virus
Pierre Demba, health minister, emphasized the need to be on the look out for carriers; and he travelled all the way to the border connecting Ivory coast and Guinea to relay this emphasy.
WHO Africa director expressed how impressed he was at the country’s determination to keep the virus within sight and under control.