A medical team to combat Ebola takes leave from Amb. Stevens
A two man medical team from “METABIOTA” contracted by the United States Department of Defense has on Monday March 24th, 2014, briefed Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens at the Embassy of Sierra Leone, as they proceed as first responders in Sierra Leone to investigate assess, evaluate, and help combat the Ebola virus that broke out in areas in the republic of Guinea that are near Sierra Leone. (Photo: Ambassador Stevens flanked by the two Medical Doctors)
On March 23 2014, Guinean officials confirmed media reports that samples from victims of “viral hemorrhagic fever” tested positive for the Ebola virus.
Discussing with Amb. Bockari Kortu Stevens, Dr. Joseph Fair, PhD, MPH, Corporate Vice President of METABIOTA said, “We are working in partnership with the government of Sierra Leone and in particular, the Ministry of Health to help assess, investigate and provide strategies to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
“There are four suspected cases in Sierra Leone, and we are departing this week to test and prove any available information to ascertain its existence.”
Responding, Amb. Stevens welcomed the team and thanked them for their concerns and efforts.
“It is good that we now have a medical team that is proceeding to Sierra Leone to ascertain the facts, whether or not Ebola virus exists in our Country.
it is good that we have early responders: that is, Professionals are going to Sierra Leone without any delay to see if we have it, if not they will prevent it: If it is there it will be contained.
He said “the areas affected in Guinea which includes Kissidougou, Gueckedou, and Macenta are towns in Southern and South East of Guinea, near Sierra Leone and Liberian borders, and described Dr. Joseph Fair and Dr. Jean Paul Gonzales as experts in Lassa fever treatments and had worked in Cameroon.”
“I am particularly delighted for them to go because it is expected that by the middle of the year they are going to construct a center for excellence in Kenema to provide training for some of our personnel.”
METABIOTA assesses and investigate infectious disease threats through pathogen discovery, disease detection and threat characterization.
The pioneering science begins in viral hot spots where they conduct endemic and epidemic outbreak investigations. The Ebola virus leads to severe hemorrhagic fever in its victims and has no vaccine or specific treatment.
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