Liberia: 15-Year-Old Boy Dies From Ebola Virus in 1st Disease Fatality for Country Since July

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Liberia is monitoring 153 people who may have come into contact with the boy, the country’s chief medical officer said. The World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free in September.

The new Ebola cases in Liberia raise fears that neighboring Sierra Leone, recently declared Ebola free, may suffer similar setbacks in eradicating the disease. Guinea, the third West African nation where the recent outbreak was centered, has not reported a new case since the end of last month and has begun a 42-day countdown to be declared Ebola free.

By last week, 28,634 people had contracted Ebola, and 11,314 had died from confirmed or suspected cases, according to the World Health Organization.

“The fight against Ebola is not over yet, but we must not lose hope and must continue the practices we used to beat Ebola before. We can win this battle again with your participation and support of the communities,” the Liberian Health Ministry said in a statement.

Liberia was declared Ebola free in May, only to see a 17-year-old boy and a woman die from the disease in July. In September, the World Health Organization again declared the country to be Ebola free.

Liberian Health Minister Francis Kateh told journalists that investigations were continuing into how the disease was transmitted. CDC officials will travel to Liberia to help determine the cause, Kateh told the Associated Press.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.