Liberia reports new Ebola cases
According to an update issued by the European Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), a laboratory confirmed positive results from a patient at a Monrovia hospital after being admitted with fever, bleeding and weakness. The Liberian Ministry of Health announced that contacts with high risks and four patients are currently being treated in the hospital’s Ebola treatment unit.
The ECDC also reports that Liberia had been cleared of the disease on Sept. 3. Following this, the country was on heightened surveillance. The agency also stated that recurrences during heightened surveillance periods are not uncommon with outbreaks of this kind.
Local media reports that the initial patient is a school student who attended class on Nov. 16 despite symptoms appearing on Nov. 14. Two cases have also been identified among family members of the first case. The media also states there are 153 contacts with varying levels of risks to exposure associated with this set of cases.
Sierra Leone has been declared free of the disease as of Nov. 7 by the World Health Organization (WHO), and Guinea has not reported a new case of EVD since Oct. 29 of this year.