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Another setback: New Ebola case diagnosed in Liberia
Only recently has news in the world highlighted that no new Ebola infections have been reported from Liberia. The fight against the plague seemed to be coming to an end. But now there is a bitter setback: a woman in the West African country has tested positive for the virus.
New Ebola case in Liberia For the first time in a month, a new Ebola case has been registered in Liberia, West Africa. Government spokesman Lewis Brow said AFP reports that there have been no new infections for over 27 days. But now, according to him, a woman has tested positive for the virus. Brown spoke of a setback for the country in this context. At first it was unclear where the patient became infected. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), all contacts in the last known cases of infection had ended the 21-day observation phase. 125 suspected cases were reported by March 15, but none of them were confirmed.
Over 10,200 casualties According to AFP, a source familiar with the new case reported that the patient was the wife of a man cured of Ebola. According to experts, the virus can be transmitted through intercourse days after healing. Since December 2013, more than 10,200 people have died of the virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the West African countries most affected by the disease, since December 2013. Over 24,700 people in nine countries were infected. There is no vaccination or cure for the infectious disease. Doctors generally only treat typical Ebola symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, as well as internal and external bleeding.
Country to be declared Ebola-free soon Liberia is the country hit hardest by the epidemic. More than 4,000 people died there. But even if 300 new infections per week were reported from the country half a year ago, there had recently been significant progress in the fight against the disease. The WHO recently said that no new case has occurred in Liberia since February 19. This started a 42-day countdown on March 4, after which the country should be declared Ebola-free by April 15.
Fighting epidemics is often difficult In the neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone, the fight against the epidemic has recently become more difficult, unlike Liberia. A few days ago, Sierra Leone announced a three-day curfew for 2.5 million people in late March to curb the disease. Last week, however, the country reported 55 new cases, the lowest number since June. In contrast, Guinea had 95 new infections in one week, the highest since the beginning of the year. Persistent popular opposition to measures to combat Ebola is expected to hamper efforts in the two nations. For example, some Ebola patients are still not quarantined and treated, and there are still unsafe burials of the highly infectious corpses. A large-scale trial with a vaccine that has not yet been approved has recently started in Guinea. A similar campaign had also been launched in Liberia. (ad)
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