Liberian health officials scrambled to limit the spread of Ebola after the first case in three months was reported.
About 175 people are being monitored after a 17-year-old boy died of the virus this week, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said by phone. There are two confirmed cases and two suspected cases being treated, he said. The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola on May 9 after no new cases were reported in 42 days, twice the incubation period.
The newest outbreak has put on hold plans by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to start rebuilding the nation’s economy, which was crippled by Ebola. The Nobel Peace Prize winner is seeking more than $2 billion to revive the country, which was already recovering from a civil war that lasted more than a decade.
More than 10,000 people have died since the outbreak started in neighboring Guinea in December 2013 and spread to Liberia and Guinea. The three nations depend on agriculture and mining of iron-ore, used to make steel, and other minerals to drive economic growth. Sierra Leone and Guinea are struggling to contain the disease.
The latest case originated in Margibi County near the Roberts International Airport. Twelve health workers have been quarantined at the Unification Town clinic.