The new cases come amid anger among health workers claiming they are owed hazard benefits unpaid since Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9. On June 21, the victim – who lives near the airport – exhibited signs of the disease.
The most important thing, Hayman said, was to discover how the dead man had become infected.
WHO, in its weekly update on Ebola, reported that on 29 June, routine surveillance detected a confirmed case of Ebola in Margibi County, which was the first new confirmed case in Liberia since 20 March.
According to the health ministry, “The resurgence of the Ebola virus in Liberia confirms that the disease is still circulating in that country and transmission from person-to-person is possible”.
Ebola is now believed to have been present in an area straddling the three countries long before the current outbreak was identified. “It is under control, we buried the corpse safely and our team will beef up work in the surrounding areas”, Mr. Nyenswah said.
The government was deploying epidemiologists on Wednesday in an emergency containment operation to trace the teenage victim’s final few days and ensure anyone with whom he may have had contact was isolated and under observation.
People are infected when they have direct contact through broken skin, or the mouth and nose, with the blood, vomit, faeces or bodily fluids of someone with Ebola. They were the other West African nations that were hit harder by the outbreaks of the hemorrhagic fever, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The overall total in the three outbreak countries is at 27,514 confirmed, probable, and suspected Ebola infections, including 11,220 deaths, the World Health Organization said. But Liberian health officials are not sure where these new cases came from.
This comes from officials in the Liberia’s Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism, reports ABC News.
The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (Unmeer) visited Guinea Bissau last week to inspect its preparedness in case Ebola crosses the border after cases were registered in the neighbouring prefecture of Boké in Guinea.
Now authorities are trying to determine how many people the 17-year-old boy in Nidonwin had contact with during the week he was sick and potentially infectious with Ebola. He’s probably right. Not only is panic always counter-productive in these situations, but – unlike during the first outbreak – the Liberian government now knows what it is up against, and has the resources and skills available to deal with it swiftly. If this awful disease is again raising its head, it ought to be the case that a far more sympathetic and humane isolation regime will be introduced.