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Liberia monitors 153 Ebola contacts, virus re- emerges

Liberia has placed 153 people under surveillance
as it seeks to control a new Ebola outbreak in the
capital more than two months after the country
was declared free of the virus, health officials said.
Three Ebola cases emerged in Liberia on Friday.

The first of the new patients was a 15-year-old boy
called Nathan Gbotoe from Paynesville, a suburb
east of the capital Monrovia. Two other family
members have since been confirmed as positive
and they are all hospitalised.

“We have three confirmed cases and have listed
153 contacts, and we have labelled them as high,
medium and low in terms of the risk,” Liberia’s
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh ,told
Reuters late on Saturday.

The West African country has suffered the highest
death toll in the worst known Ebola outbreak in
history, losing more than 4,800 people.

It has twice been declared Ebola-free by the World Health
Organization, once in May and again on September
3, only for new cases to emerge.

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