Liberia: 8 hospital staff under observation in Ebola scare

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s assistant health minister says eight health workers at a hospital in the capital have been sent home for 21 days of observation after being in contact with a patient who later tested positive for Ebola.

Tolbert Nyenswah said Saturday that the incident occurred at the S.D. Cooper Hospital in Monrovia’s Sinkor neighborhood. He said staff there treated the patient, a woman, before an Ebola test was conducted.

Nyenswah said treatment centers in Liberia are now caring for eight patients who have tested positive for Ebola, a far cry from when the West African nation was the center of the worst outbreak in history.

On Friday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered officials to lift a curfew imposed six months ago and to reopen the country’s land border crossings.