A Liberian has died of Ebola in the first recorded case since the country was declared ebola-free on May 9th.
According to Liberian Deputy Health minister, Tolbert Nyenswah the corpse of a 17-year-old tested positive for Ebola, Margibi County.
This took place in Margibi County. There is no need to panic. The corpse has been buried and our contact tracing has started work,” said Nyenswah.
The minister has urged people not to panic, saying the corpse has been buried and that health officials have started tracing people the victim may have come into contact with.
Liberia was the heart of the recent Ebola epidemic that killed at least 11,000 people.
Ebola killed more than 4,700 people in the west African nation, which was the worst affected by the disease’s dramatic emergence last year. The outbreak, which reached its peak in August and September, brought nightmare scenes to the nation and its capital city of Monrovia.
However, a strong community response backed by international aid has combined to combat the disease, according to the Wodl Health Organisation.
Health teams moved from village to village, challenging chiefs and religious leaders to implement an effective response.