Ebola returns to Liberia weeks after country was declared virus-free

Nearly 5,000 people have died in Liberia since the outbreak of the Ebola virus began, according to the UN health agency. But the virus may have returned to the West African country which was just declared Ebola-free in September.

“There is one confirmed case,” The Guardian quoted WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic to have said. However, he did not provide further details.

Liberia is one of the three West African nations (others are Guinea and Sierra Leone) hardest hit by the virus which has killed more than 11,000 people globally since the beginning of the outbreak. The country was first declared free of Ebola in May, only for the virus to resurface six weeks later. Again, WHO declared Liberia Ebola-free in September, but the virus has returned.

Sierra Leone was declared free of Ebola this month, after 42 days with no cases. Guinea may also be declared Ebola-free soon as medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières announced that the last known case of Ebola in the country had recovered.