Suspected Case of Shigellosis Investigated by Liberia FETP Trainees

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On the 27th January 2016, the Grand Bassa County Health Team received a notification of a suspected case of shigellosis in Klehn Town, District 3 C. A Team of investigators lead by Gabriel Kassay (County Surveillance Officer), FETP Cohort 1 graduate and Patience Hastings (District Surveillance Officer), an FETP trainee, initiated a response to verify and investigate the suspected case. Other team members were the Officer in Charge of Desoe Clinic, WHO County Coordinator, and Mr. Joseph Asamoah Frimpong (FETP Liberia Field Coordinator). The team traveled over 8 hours by road and had to continue the journey at a point on a timber raft to cross over a river to reach the community.

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The investigation was initiated on the 28th January, 2016. Findings from the investigation revealed that the case, which is a 19 year old female, was passing loose stools during the night which was not bloody as reported earlier making it unlikely to be shigellosis. However, the patient was managed with Oral Re-hydration Salt and antibiotics. A sample of drinking water has also been collected for laboratory investigations.

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