Liberia suffers new Ebola cases, 2.5 months after being declared free of disease

Saturday, November 21, 2015
By Paul Martin
21 Nov, 2015

Liberia has suffered a setback in its fight to free itself of Ebola, after three fresh cases of the disease were recorded on Friday. The West African nation was declared Ebola-free on September 3.

A 10-year-old boy and two direct family members have tested positive for the deadly disease. The child lives in Paynesville, a suburb of the capital Monrovia, Liberian Health Minister Bernice Dahn said.

“The hospital is currently decontaminating the unit. All of the healthcare workers who came into contact with the patient have been notified,” she told a news conference, according to Reuters.

“We know how Ebola spreads and we know how to stop Ebola but we must remain vigilant and work together,” she said.

The three patients, along with another three family members and other high-risk contacts, are being watched over and cared for at an Ebola Treatment Unit in Paynsville, Dahn added.

Bruce Aylward, in charge of the Ebola response for the UN World Health Organization, says this is likely to be a fresh case of the disease appearing, as the patient did not have any contact with anyone infected with Ebola.

“The family obviously is at particular risk and is being investigated right now,” he told a news conference in Geneva. He was speaking before it was known that two further family members had caught the disease.

Liberia has seen more than 10,600 people struck by Ebola. A total of 4,808 people have died of the virus, which was first established in March 2014, the WHO stated.

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