The Daily Observer has gathered that the nation now has at least two confirmed cases of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD). The first of the new cases, which is a 10-year-old boy, Nathan Gbotee, Jnr., was reported late Thursday evening. It was again reported today by Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia.
The second case, little Nathan’s father, Nathan Gbotee, Snr., is yet to be announced by health authorities in the country. But a very reliable health source on this new outbreak, confided in our Health Correspondent.
Our source, who asked not be named, said it is likely that within the next 48 hours, there would be no less than five new cases among the Gbotee family as the little boy’s mother and other members are showing “very clear signs and symptoms” of the EVD.
The Gbotee family, who lives in the Cowfield, Du-port Road Community, outside Monrovia, is now being quarantined at the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) II Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) where they are being provided care.
Liberia was last declared free of the EVD transmission for the second time on Thursday, September 3rd, after going a second 42-day period without reporting a new case in the entire country. This is the third time that the disease has been reported in Liberia in the last two years.
Following the Ebola-transmission free declaration, the nation entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance aimed at preventing a future re-emergence of the disease. Unfortunately, the nation is now reporting a new outbreak.
A check on the World Health Organization (WHO) website, reporting on the current Ebola situation mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, has not yet reported on the new case in Liberia as of posting this story. However, WHO sums Liberia’s Ebola situation since it was first reported in March of 2014, to 10,672. Of this number, at least 4,808 deaths were recorded, according to WHO. Most of those deaths occurred during the second wave of the first outbreak, which was reported in late March 2014.