According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia on Friday, March 31st. So far this year, Guinea has been the only country that has had a new Ebola case; which now seems to have spread to Liberia. This is a major setback for Liberia considering it has endured multiple Ebola outbreaks since 2014.
WHO stressed in a statement following Guinea Ebola resurfacing that Sierra Leone, as well as Liberia and Guinea, are still at risk of Ebola flare-ups, largely due to virus persistence in some survivors, and must remain on high alert and ready to respond. The three West African countries have very porous borders. The WHO also declared that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was no longer a public health emergency of international concern. The organization noted that there would be experimental vaccines in Guinea that would be administered.
Health workers at the Redemption Hospital in Liberia confirm that a 30-year-old woman died of Ebola. “She died on arrival and a swab was taken, analyzed in the lab and was confirmed,” said Tolbert Nyenswah, head of Liberia’s Incident Management System.
The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of victims (living or dead). Symptoms start out mild and can be overlooked as merely a fever which can further progress to being high risk and ultimately causing severe hemorrhaging internally).
Over 11,000 people have died to what is now the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak. Many are hoping for it to be contain in those two countries and that no case(s) should flare up in Sierra Leone other places in Liberia.