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2nd Ebola Case Confirmed In Previously Disease-Free Liberia; At Least 33 People Under Quarantine

Agence France-Presse: Liberia announces return of Ebola
“Liberia announced the return of Ebola on Tuesday following the death of a 17-year-old boy, dealing a worrying blow to the country’s recovery three months after its last known case…” (Dosso, 6/30).

The Hill: Ebola returns to virus-free Liberia
“…The fresh case, which officials warned could happen, demonstrates the difficulty in eradicating a highly contagious disease like Ebola from a region as densely populated as West Africa…” (Ferris, 6/30).

New York Times: New Cases of Ebola Put an End to Liberia’s Status as Virus-Free
“…Late Tuesday, a person connected to [the new case] tested positive for Ebola, and tests of two other people were inconclusive, [Dr. Moses Massaquoi, case management team leader for Liberia’s Ebola task force,] said. Thirty-three people who had contact with the teenager were isolated in their homes and were being monitored, he said. Three people will be sent to a treatment unit here Wednesday, he said…” (MacDougall, 6/30).

NPR: Ebola Returns To Liberia With A Mysterious Case Near Monrovia
“…[T]here are a few reasons why the case is worrisome. First, it’s not known where or how the teenager caught Ebola. … Second, health officials didn’t know the teenager had Ebola until after he died. So he could have unwittingly spread the disease to his family and caretakers. Finally, many international aid groups have left Liberia since cases plummeted to zero back in March. The case will test Liberia’s ability to stop an outbreak largely on its own…” (Doucleff, 6/30).

Reuters: Liberia registers second confirmed Ebola case: health official
“…A message from the Twitter account of the Liberian information ministry said that two people from the teenager’s home had been confirmed as Ebola positive. It was not immediately possible to verify that information, nor was it clear if that included the case cited by Massaquoi…” (Toweh/Farge, 7/1).

ScienceInsider: Liberia’s puzzle: How did the new Ebola patient become infected?
“…The World Health Organization (WHO) has sent a team to investigate the case and trace all contacts in collaboration with the Liberian health ministry…” (Kupferschmidt, 6/30).

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Death in Liberia Sparks Fears of New Outbreak
“…The new infection could be a major setback to the Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is struggling to make up for what the World Bank says could be a $240 million blow to her country’s poor economy from the epidemic…” (McGroarty/Salvaterra, 6/30).

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