Liberia Hit With New Ebola Cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that lab results have confirmed a new case of Ebola virus disease in Liberia.


WHO said in a statement that a 30-year-old woman died of Ebola Thursday afternoon while being transferred to a hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

Ebola deaths topped
Ebola deaths topped

Liberia’s Ministry of Health, WHO and partner agencies have immediately sent a team to the community outside Monrovia where the woman lived and the clinic where the victim was being treated to begin case investigation and identification of individuals who may have been in contact with her, said the statement.

Liberian health authorities convened an emergency meeting early Friday morning with key partners to coordinate and plan a rapid response.

This latest case marks Liberia’s third flare-up of Ebola virus disease since its original outbreak was declared over on May 9, 2015, said the WHO statement.

The last flare-up in the country began in November 2015 and ended 14 January 2016. Neighbouring Guinea is also responding to a new cluster of Ebola cases in its southern prefecture of Nzerekore, it added.

Earlier this week, WHO declared that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa no longer represents a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

WHO said Guinea, Liberia and Sierra now have the detection and response capacities in place to effectively manage ongoing flare-ups of Ebola, pointing to the swift response and rapid containment of recent small outbreaks.

But WHO reiterated that additional flare-ups of the disease are expected in the months to come, largely due to virus persistence in some survivors, and that the three countries must remain on high alert and ready to respond. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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