Teenage boy dies of Ebola in Liberia

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A teenage boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, a health official said Tuesday, the first fatality since July in one of the three West African countries hit hardest by the worst ever outbreak of the disease.

The 15-year-old boy died Monday night, and was the first Ebola patient in the country since it was declared Ebola-free for a second time in September. The boy’s father and brother also have tested positive for Ebola. Health officials have identified nearly 160 people who might be at risk of being infected with the disease including two health workers. Liberia on Monday said it had sought help from two experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the cause of the latest cases.

Health officials in Liberia have placed 153 people under surveillance. Liberia was first declared Ebola-free in May 2015. At least 4,808 people have died of the disease in Liberia.