By OKECHUKWU PEACE
Another Ebola case has been confirmed by Liberia less than 24 hours after the first resurfaced in as many weeks as possible.
Dr Moses Massaquoi, Case Management team leader for Liberia’s Ebola task force said “We have two confirmed cases in Liberia.”
He did not provide details of the new case.
The body of a 17 year-old boy from Margibi County, a rural area outside of Monrovia, was confirmed to be positive for the virus on Sunday and was buried the same day.
It is not clear how he was infected and the information was not made public until Tuesday.
Massaquoi said that tests were underway to establish whether there are further cases.
Health officials said they isolated people who had contact with the teenager and are at risk of further infection.
A message from a social media account of the Liberian information ministry said that two people from the teenager’s home had been confirmed as Ebola positive.
It was not immediately possible to verify that information nor was it clear if that included the case cited by Massaquoi.
Liberia, once at the centre of the worst recorded Ebola epidemic in history, was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation on May 9 after going 42 days with no new infections.
The cross-border outbreak has killed more than 11,200 people since it began in December 2013. Twenty new cases were reported in the week to June 21 in Guinea and Sierra Leone.