Liberia Records 3 New Ebola Cases, Monitors 153 People After Possible Exposure

Deutsche Welle: New cases of Ebola found in Liberia, health authorities say
“Health officials reported on Friday that three new cases of Ebola were found in Liberia. The diagnoses are a setback for the region as it struggles to end the epidemic…” (11/20).

New York Times: Ebola Cases in 3 Family Members Confirmed in Liberia
“…The most recent outbreak, which officials are calling the fourth wave, was confirmed after a 15-year-old boy with symptoms of Ebola [… had a test come] back positive on Thursday, as did tests on Friday for his father and a brother, the official said, adding that at least seven health care workers may have treated the teenager without the protective equipment essential for Ebola cases…” (MacDougall/Cooper, 11/20).

Reuters: New Ebola cases hit Liberia after country declared virus free
“…Bruce Aylward, who leads the Ebola response for the U.N. World Health Organization, said the patient had no history of contact with an Ebola survivor or victim…” (Giahyue, 11/20).

Reuters: Liberia monitors over 150 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…” (Giahyue, 11/22).

VOA News: New Ebola Cases Found in Previously Virus-Free Liberia
“…Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9, but new cases emerged in June. The World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free again on September 3…” (11/20).

Washington Post: Ebola mystery: It’s back in Liberia, and officials are stumped about how boy got infected
“…Aylward said it’s possible the boy’s case is not part of the original outbreak — which appears to be over — but may be due to the persistence of the virus in some survivors who can then pass it along to others. Recent studies have shown that the virus can live in the semen, eyes and other parts of the body long after it appears to be cleared in the blood. He said this reflects ‘a fundamental shift and change in the epidemiology of the outbreak’…” (Cha, 11/20).

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