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Corpse tests positive for Ebola in Liberia

Corpse tests positive for Ebola in Liberia

The corpse of a 17-year-old man has tested positive for Ebola in Liberia, but no other cases have been reported, the country’s deputy health minister said late Monday.

Tolbert Nyenswah, who is also head of the country’s Ebola response, told The Associated Press that the teenager died June 24 in Nedowein, a town situated close to the country’s international airport, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of the capital, and was given a safe burial the next day.

Liberia had been the country hardest hit by last year’s Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The World Health Organization declared Liberia to be Ebola free on May 9 after the country went 42 days without reporting a case.

“We have said over and over again there was possibility that there could be a resurgence of the virus in Liberia,” Nyenswah said. “But our surveillance teams, our capacity is very strong.” Read more

 

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