UN: WHO confirms return of Ebola virus in Liberia

New York, US (PANA) - World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that the Ebola virus has returned to Liberia after the country was certified Ebola-free for seven weeks.

A WHO update obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday reports that the development came after a new case of the disease was found in Liberia's coastal Margibi county.

It said the new reported case came from a patient who died from Ebola, but who was confirmed positive for the disease before dying.

It recalled that 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 shows that the killer disease is not easily beaten".

WHO noted that little was known about the victim, stating that, the important thing now was to find who else the victim came into contact with.

WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said it showed that the tracing procedures were working.

"This really shows that the surveillance system is working, so this case has been picked up and tested even after the death, and there was a team to bury the person in a safe way. It also shows how important it is to remain vigilant."

Meanwhile, the ministry of Information has announced that a second case of Ebola has been confirmed in the country.

The new case is in the same village where the boy died, it said.

To date there have been at least 27,400 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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01 july 2015 20:27:49

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