New Ebola case in Liberia after country declared Ebola-free

November 24, 2015

A 15-year-old boy has died of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, less than three months after the country was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

The boy who tested positive last week, died late on Monday at a treatment centre near Liberia's capital, Monrovia, the Associated Press reports.

His father and brother are currently receiving treatment for Ebola while mother and two other siblings have been admitted to the treatment centre to be monitored.

Liberia has since placed 153 people under surveillance, who may have come into contact with the boy.

An additional 25 healthcare workers are being monitored, of which 10 are identified as high-risk.

More than 11,300 people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, since the outbreak was announced in 2014.

Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free on Nov. 7 and Guinea has begun a 42-day countdown to get its Ebola-free status.

Over 4,800 people died of Ebola in Liberia, according to WHO figures.

The country was also declared Ebola-free twice already — once in May and again in September of this year.