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Ebola Returns to Liberia



A 17-year-old boy has died from Ebola in Liberia, just seven weeks after the World Health Organization declared the country free of the deadly virus. Officials are trying to determine how the boy contracted the illness.

Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia's Ebola response, told VOA the teenager died June 24 and was given a safe burial the next day.

"Our team was there yesterday [June 29] to investigate the situation and know the area. But to be vigilant is good. We were vigilant. Our surveillance team [is] working very, very well. They have picked up this dead child from his parents' home, tested it yesterday and the child was positive," Nyenswah said.

He says it is not known yet how the boy contracted the disease, but the case is under investigation. He stressed the public should not panic, noting this is the only known case since the country was declared Ebola-free by WHO officials on May 9. 

"Margibi County is responding and no need to panic," Nyenswah said. "People hearing me please lower your blood pressure. We are on top of this. The Ministry of Health, this is something we know how to deal with."

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