Officials Confirm Ebola's Return to Liberia

Ebola killed 4,806 people in Liberia since the outbreak started last year.

While officials only confirmed the virus after the teenager had died, he was buried according to Ebola protocols to reduce risk of infection, according to the Liberian government.

Contact tracing used to identify anyone else potentially exposed has already begun, according to the Associated Press. Government officials said the cause for the initial infection remains unknown. Dhan asked those exposed to be cooperative about quarantine and for others to speak up if they have symptoms.

“We cannot do this without the participation and support of the communities,” Dhan said on Tuesday at the a press conference.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical School, said it’s not surprising an Ebola case reappeared in Liberia.

“The good thing is this [infection] occurred in a rural village and appears to have been diagnosed rather promptly and appropriate public health responses were put into place,” he said.

Schaffner said it appears the government have taken quick and clear steps that should stop the virus from turning into an outbreak similar to the one that started last year.

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