In a follow-up on the “mystery deaths” reported in Sinoe County, Liberia, Liberian authorities said initial scientific investigations ruled out Ebola as the cause of the deaths, according to a Reuters report.

Liberia map/CIA
Liberia map/CIA

The Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh, told a news conference in Monrovia on Wednesday: “Initial test conducted by the Liberian Institute of Biomedical Research in Charlesville, Margibi County, has ruled out Ebola virus disease as the cause of the deaths.”

CIDRAP News reported that World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman, Tarik Jasarevic said according to the latest information, there are 17 illnesses in the cluster, 9 of them fatal.  Eight people are still in the hospital.

All nine specimens from six people who died have tested negative for Ebola, he said, adding that investigations into the cause of the outbreak are ongoing.