AFRICA/LIBERIA - Ebola nightmare is back: 3 new cases

Friday, 3 July 2015

Nedowein (Agenzia Fides) - Liberia, declared "Ebola-free" on May 9 by the World Health Organization (WHO), has plunged back into the nightmare of a new epidemic. Three new cases were registered in the same village, Nedowein, located 40 km south from the capital Monrovia. After more than seven weeks (see Fides 11/05/2015), a 17-year-old boy fell ill and died on 21 June 28 for what was thought to be malaria, but he was actually positive to Ebola. On July 1, the local health minister confirmed a second case and today, July 3, a third. Both the infected were transferred to a treatment center in Monrovia. At the moment there are no other probable cases or suspects and the origin of the infection is not known. After the boy's death, the Liberian authorities have quarantined the area.
According to the latest WHO report, on June 28, the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, has so far resulted in 27,514 cases and 11,120 deaths. The highest number was recorded in Sierra Leone (13,119), while the record of deaths in Liberia (4806). (AP) (Agenzia Fides 03/07/2015)