On June 29, the Liberian Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed that a case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was found in Lower Margibi County. Representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), and experts in viral diseases are assisting the MOH with case identification, reporting, and contact tracing related to the confirmed EVD case.
The U.S. Embassy continues to remind U.S. citizens that EVD is a rare but deadly disease. The risk to most people is low, but anyone could be infected if they come into contact with an ill person’s blood or body fluids, sick wildlife, or infected bush meat.
The U.S. Embassy urges everyone to continue to follow the basic rules to avoid infections, such as washing hands with soap or chlorine solution and avoiding physical contact with persons exhibiting EVD symptoms.
To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas, or visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/travel. For more information on the Ebola Virus Disease, please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Liberia.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, located at 502 Benson Street, Monrovia, and is open Monday through Thursday 8:00am-5:30pm, and Friday 8:00am-1:00pm. You may also call +231-77-677-7000 during normal business hours. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance after-hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +231 77-677-7000 (press 1 at the prompt).
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).