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Dozens flock to new Liberia Ebola treatment center

22 September 2014, 20:34

Monrovia - Liberia's largest Ebola treatment center is already handling 112 patients, a day after it opened, though not all of are confirmed to have the dreaded disease.

Health officials said Monday that 46 people admitted to the Island Clinic Treatment Center have tested positive for Ebola. The remaining patients are being held for further observation and are being treated for other diseases, like malaria.

Also read: Ebola: Liberia declares state of emergency

The 150-bed center opened Sunday, and ambulances rushed to its doors immediately. Liberia has been hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa.

According to new figures released Monday, the U.N. health agency says Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 5,800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal. It is blamed for more than 2,800 deaths.

- AP


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