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New Ebola Case in Liberia
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New Ebola Case in Liberia

A new case of Ebola emerged in Liberia on Friday in a setback for the country declared free of the disease on September 3. The patient is a 10-year-old boy who lived with his parents and three siblings in Paynesville, a suburb east of the capital Monrovia, said Minister of Health Bernice Dahn, WHO reported. All six family members, as well as other high risk contacts, were in care at an Ebola treatment unit in Paynesville, Dahn said. Liberia has seen more than 10,600 cases of the disease and 4,808 Ebola deaths since it was first announced in March, 2014, according to WHO figures. The virus has killed about 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, but Sierra Leone was declared free of the virus on Nov. 7 and Guinea has begun its countdown to the end of the virus. The 42-day countdown to be declared Ebola-free starts when the last patient tests negative a second time, normally after a 48-hour gap following their first negative test.

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