Two new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia after WHO has taken the deadly virus off the international health emergency label. Doctors have discovered a thirty-year-old woman dead from the disease and her five-year-old son who is also infected.
The Ministry of Health of Liberia along with the World Health Organization and partner agencies have already sent experts to find the people who came in contact with the two. Investigations are underway both in the clinic where the woman was treated and in the community living outside Monrovia. According to Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, the five-year-old son of the deceased woman has also tested positive last Sunday.
Liberia had declared the crisis over last year in May, and this is the third time Ebola tries to expand once more. Health officials believe the woman together with her family had crossed over from Guinea when the borders were closed.
The World Health Organization expects other flare-ups to appear this year since there are still survivors infected with the virus. Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are all urged to keep a high level of alert and immediately respond in case they identify Ebola. The three countries were all ravaged during the last outbreak. By taking these measures, they would prevent the virus from coming back to life. The last crisis left no less than 11,300 dead people.
Guinea and Sierra Leone have also experienced similar flare-ups. For instance, the latest virus has made its fifth victim in southeast Guinea just last month, on March 22. The flare-up in Sierra Leone was promptly contained.
Ebola is a virus that leads to an infectious disease causing grave complications. It passes easily from one person to another through body fluids, hence why it spread so quickly across several countries.
The Ebola international health emergency was declared by the World Health Organization in 2014 after thousands of people became infected and died. One year later, Liberia was free of the virus, but unfortunately, two months later new cases appeared.
This health crisis was the greatest infection ever recorded in West Africa, with over 28,600 infected people. It started in 2013 and managed to decimate the African population for over a year before it was finally subdued.
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