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Fresh Case Of Ebola Recorded In Liberia, One Dead

A Liberian has died of Ebola in the first recorded case of
the disease since a country at the heart of an epidemic
that has killed more than 11,000 people was declared
virus-free on May 9 after going 42 days without a new

The body of a 17-year-old tested positive for Ebola in
Margibi County and authorities have begun tracing people
the victim may have come into contact with while
infected, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said
on Tuesday.

“There is no need to panic. The corpse has been buried
and our contact tracing has started work,” Nyenswah told
Reuters. Margibi is a rural area close to the capital
Monrovia, and is home to the country’s main international

A total of 11,207 people died from Ebola in Liberia,
neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone since the outbreak
began in December 2013, World Health Organization
(WHO) spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a news
conference in Geneva.

Around 43 percent of those deaths were in Liberia, where
the world’s worst outbreak of the disease peaked between
last August and October with hundreds of cases a week.

New incidences have tapered this year, with 12 new
confirmed cases reported in Guinea and eight in Sierra
Leone in the week to June 21, according to WHO figures.
Even so, health officials urge vigilance to prevent a
resurgence of the disease.

The new case will test Liberia’s response capacity at a
time when international health organizations have wound
down their presence in the affected countries, said
Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, spokeswoman for the U.N.
Ebola response mission.

Liberia fought Ebola at a community level, adopting
regular hand-washing and the safe burial of bodies
among other measures and the discovery of the new case
shows that systems for testing remain in place, she said.

“This should have been expected because as long as
there is Ebola in the region no one country can be safe.

Liberia is vulnerable because of Guinea and Sierra

Ebola damaged the health care systems and economies
of the three West African countries and caused global
alarm that peaked in September and October when
isolated cases were confirmed in countries such as the
United States and Spain.

Nigeria, Senegal and Mali also recorded at least one case
each before ending the epidemics in their countries.

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