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Ebola return to Liberia

Monrovia – Liberia’s health ministry on Friday confirmed three Ebola cases, some two months after the country was declared for a second time as Ebola free.

“Currently, we have three confirmed cases,” Health Minister Bernice Dahn told a news conference.

“It all started on Thursday, November 19, when we received a report from one of our reference laboratories that a blood sample from a live patient tested positive for Ebola,” she said.

The patient, a 10-year-old boy, was in hospital in the capital Monrovia with symptoms including fever, weakness and bleeding.

The other two infected are related to the boy.

The patients and other high risk contacts including the family members are in care at an Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Dahan said.

The health ministry was working to identify and isolate other possible contacts, she added.

Ebola virus has killed some 11,000 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone since its outbreak in March, 2014.

Liberia was declared by the World Health Organization free of the virus in September.

Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free in November, while Guinea is in its 42-day countdown to the end of the disease.


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