Liberia Reactivates Ebola Units After First Death Since March

Liberia reactivated some of its Ebola treatment units after it reported its first death from the virus since March, setting back efforts to control the disease in West Africa.

A 17-year-old boy in Margibi County tested positive for Ebola and died, Health Minister Bernice Dahn told reporters in Monrovia, the capital.

The new case complicates efforts to stamp out the disease in West Africa, where it has killed more than 10,000 people since December 2013 and crippled the economies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Officials will now focus on tracing the boy’s steps to see who he may have come into contact with while contagious.

Liberia had been declared free of Ebola on May 9 and was focusing on rebuilding the economy, which was already in tatters because of a civil war that lasted more than 10 years. The World Health Organization declares a country free of the disease after no new cases have been reported for 42 days, twice the incubation period.

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