UN: Call for vigilance as Ebola virus resurfaces in Liberia

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has said the
re-emergence of Ebola in Liberia shows the importance of staying vigilant, stressing the need
to stay focused until zero cases are reached.

A UN update on Thursday said the Ebola outbreak in the three most affected West African countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - are not over, and urged the people ''to stay engaged until the job is done".

The mission called on the governments of the countries, as well as the people to always report new cases to the officials of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNMEER and other health organisations and NGOs for adequate response.

The mission said following the new case in Liberia, WHO had identified 102 contacts, although that number is expected to increase as investigations continue.

The WHO said there were 20 confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the last week of June, including two new health worker infections in Boke, Guinea, bordering Guinea-Bissau.

The WHO had on Wednesday confirmed that Ebola virus has returned to Liberia after the country was certified Ebola-free for seven weeks.

The global health body said the development came after a new case of the disease was found
in Liberia's coastal Margibi county, adding that the new reported case came from a patient who died from Ebola.

On 9 May, Liberian authorities announced the country was free of Ebola virus transmission, but the latest announcement that a new case has been identified in Margibi county showed that the killer disease is not easily beaten.

To date, there have been at least 27,500 cases of Ebola and more than 11,207 reported deaths since start of the outbreak in December 2013.

According to latest UN figures, Guinea and Sierra Leone continue to report new cases of the Ebola disease.
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02 july 2015 08:50:36

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