The Liberian Ministry of Health announced today a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Monrovia. Health officials are calling this the country’s fourth wave of Ebola virus.
A patient presented symptoms in a Monrovia hospital on Tuesday, tested positive for EVD yesterday. The patient has been identified as a 10-year-old boy.
The Health Ministry says their are three confirmed cases, the other two are the boy’s his father and a sibling.
The patients and high-risk contacts are currently receiving case at an Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia.
As of Nov. 15, Liberia has reported 10,672 EVD cases and 4,808 fatalities since the outbreak began in March 2014.
Ebola virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.
The current outbreak in West Africa is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976. There have been more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all others combined.
Liberia was declared Ebola free in May 2015 and again later in September 2015.