New case of Ebola confirmed in Liberia, WHO says

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The World Health Organization confirmed a new case of Ebola in Liberia Friday.

Investigations and #EbolaResponse are underway for the new case, WHO tweeted.

WHO added that Ebola “is no longer a public health emergency” for the international community. But flare-ups are to be expected. The organization said that new clusters of cases would continue to happen but at a decreasing frequency.

The West African country was declared free from transmission on Jan. 14, the Associated Press reported. Liberia was first declared free of the disease in May, but new cases emerged twice, the AP reported.

Twelve new clusters of Ebola cases have been detected, WHO said, in places such as Guinea and Sierra Leone.  Guinea’s flare-up on March 17 came months after Ebola was declared over there, according to the organization.

“There should be no restrictions on travel and trade with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and that any such measures should be lifted immediately,” WHO said in a statement.

The countries most affected by Ebola outbreaks are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The first cases in West Africa were notified in March 2014.

The virus is spread through human-to-human transmission through direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and also with surfaces and materials like clothing that are contaminated with the fluids. There are currently no vaccines.

 

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