MONROVIA – The Ministry of Health announced the discovery of the Ebola Zaire virus in a sunken bat in Sanniquellie, Mahn district, in Nimba county.
Liberia and other West African countries were affected by the Ebola virus disease in 2014, killing more than 4,000 in Liberia alone, the highest in the region.
Because the source of the deadly Ebola outbreak between 2014 and 2016 in the West African region was not final, the Ministry of Health (MSP) and the National Institute of Public Health (NPHIL) have conducted research to determine whether bats Ebola
"We have tested bats for the last two years in Liberia," the Ministry of Health announced in a statement issued on Thursday, January 24.
The infected bat, the Ministry said, along with hundreds of other bats were sampled at the end of 2016 and badyzed between June and November 2018. "To date, all the other bats have tested negative. There is no known case of an Ebola outbreak in Liberia, "the ministry said.
According to the Ministry of Health, the discovery is significant because it is the first detection of Zaire virus virus in West Africa and provides important evidence that the bat in particular can be a natural host of Ebola.
The discovery of the Zaire ebolavirus in the creature of the bat that eats insects in the cave, a long-fingered bat, was a collective effort of the Ministry of Health, NPHIL, the Forest Development Authority (FDA) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). .
It is funded by USAID and the tests and sampling were carried out through the PREDICT project led by the Eco Health Alliance and the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia.
Meanwhile, the Ministry has announced that studies are still underway to determine if there are more of this type or other types of bats infected, and how the bats spread the virus, and adds that the information will be used to develop strategies to reduce the risk of future outbreaks. .
"The outgoing research will also determine whether or not the discovery is the same strain of virus that caused the unprecedented 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa." Adding: "The virus of the Ebola virus can be transmitted from person to person causing Ebola virus (EVD) disease, and even causing death."
The Ministry of Health in the statement signed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah and the Director General of NPHIL, Tolbert G. Nyeswah urged the public to observe these preventive measures, which include: "avoid hunting of bats, kill and get in direct contact with the bats. "
Outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people, were the deadliest in the world.
Liberia, the most affected country, accounted for at least 4000 lives.