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New Liberian Ebola Cases Related To Earlier Virus, Genetic Analysis Shows; $3.2B Needed For Recovery In West Africa, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: Liberia announces two new Ebola cases
“Two more people have been infected by Ebola in Liberia, the government said Thursday, sparking fears that an epidemic which killed thousands before being eradicated is gaining a hold once again…” (7/9).

New York Times: Surge of Ebola in Liberia May Be Linked to a Survivor
“A resurgence of Ebola in the last week in Liberia, which had been declared free of the disease, may have originated with a survivor still carrying the virus, according to scientists who analyzed the genetic sequence of the virus from the body of a 17-year-old Liberian boy who died of Ebola last week…” (Fink, 7/9).

Reuters: Test shows new Liberian Ebola case similar to earlier virus
“…The findings suggest the disease was never entirely eliminated from the West African country. ‘It indicates that the virus is closely related to one that was circulating in Liberia in that particular area,’ WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said, confirming initial results of the genetic tests obtained by Reuters…” (Farge/Miles, 7/10).

U.N. News Centre: Some $3.2 billion needed for Ebola recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — U.N.
“United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will call for continued solidarity with the three West African countries most impacted by the unprecedented Ebola outbreak at [Friday’s] International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York, which will seek to raise $3.2 billion over the next two years so that Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone can fully rebound from the crisis…” (7/9).

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