Sunday, 22 November 2015

Liberia monitors 153 Ebola contacts as virus re-emerges

Liberia has placed 153 people under surveillance as it seeks to control a new Ebola outbreak in the capital more than two months after the country was declared free of the virus, health officials said.

Three Ebola cases emerged in Liberia on Friday. The first of the new patients was a 15-year-old boy called Nathan Gbotoe from Paynesville, a suburb east of the capital Monrovia. Two other family members have since been confirmed as positive and they are all hospitalised.
“We have three confirmed cases and have listed 153 contacts, and we have labelled them as high, medium and low in terms of the risk,” Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh, told Reuters late on Saturday.
The West African country has suffered the highest death toll in the worst known Ebola outbreak in history, losing more than 4,800 people. It has twice been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization, once in May and again on September 3, only for new cases to emerge.

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