NewsWest AfricaHealth: Test shows new Liberian Ebola case similar to earlier virus

Thu,23Nov2017

Posted on Friday, 10 July 2015 11:20

Health: Test shows new Liberian Ebola case similar to earlier virus

Photo©ReutersTests on the Ebola virus that claimed Liberia's first victim since it was declared Ebola-free in May showed it was closely related to an earlier Liberian strain, the World Health Organization and a health official said on Friday.

The findings suggest the disease was never entirely eliminated from the West African country.

it's either (from) a survivor or non-identified transmission in the community

 

"It indicates that the virus is closely related to one that was circulating in Liberia in that particular area," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said, confirming initial results of the genetic tests obtained by Reuters.

"So it's either (from) a survivor or non-identified transmission in the community," he added.

Liberia's first Ebola case in nearly two months was reported on June 30 when the body of a 17-year-old boy, Abraham Memaigar, tested positive for the virus in Margibi County.

The case has baffled officials since Memaigar lived far from the hotspots of the epidemic on the borders with Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Memaigar was not known to have been in contact with any travellers.

Ebola is thought to be able to survive no more than 21 days in most body fluids, such as blood and vomit.

The virus is however known to persist in semen and in some soft tissues, such as the eye, for months after recovery.



Subscriptions Digital EditionSubscriptions PrintEdition

FRONTLINE

NEWS

POLITICS

HEALTH

SPORTS

BUSINESS

SOCIETY

TECHNOLOGY

COLUMNISTS

Music & Film

SOAPBOX

Newsletters

Keep up to date with the latest from our network :

subscribe2

Connect with us