Ebola reappears in Liberia

Three new cases of Ebola have appeared in Liberia in the past week despite the West African nation being declared free of the deadly virus more than seven weeks ago.

A teenage boy died of Ebola last Sunday in the village of Nedowein, the BBC reports. Since then two other people from the same village who had contact with the boy have shown symptoms of Ebola.

It is not known how the teenage boy who died became infected with the virus. Health officials report that the area has been quarantined and that the boy’s funeral was conducted safely.

Health official Cestus Tarpeh told AFP that a herbalist who had been treating the boy had evaded authorities.

More than 11,000 people have died of Ebola since December 2013, most of them in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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