New Ebola case has emerged in Liberian killed a 17 years old, his body tested positive for virus, which is the country’s first reported case since it was declared free of the disease.
The Liberian deputy health minister Tolbert Nyenswah reported that tests on the dead man body confirmed that the 17-year-old man, from a town near the main airport, had died of the disease.
Health Officials investigating how he contracted the Ebola virus reported that Liberia was declared free of the virus six weeks ago, following the deadliest outbreak in the disease’s history.
Nigeria News gathered that more than 11,000 people have died of the Ebola disease since December 2013, the vast majority of them in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The countries had largely curbed the spread of the disease – but the number of new cases has risen recently, with the start of the rainy season in West Africa.
Officials are urging people not to panic and instead “go about their business as normal”. They say they have the situation in hand – the teenager’s body was buried safely and surveillance has been stepped up.
But it is not clear how the young man caught the Ebola virus and who he may have been in contact with before he died.
Nyenswah said to news men in Monrovia that the authorities were dealing with the situation effectively and there was no need for the public to panic.
“We have said over and over again that there was possibility that there could be a resurgence of the virus in Liberia,” he said. “But our surveillance team, our capacity is very strong.
“The only complication is that the person died before we tested the body as part of our surveillance system.”
He added that the man’s body had been buried safely, in accordance with guidelines to check the spread of the virus.