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Ebola Makes Mysterious Return in Liberia With 3 New Confirmed Cases

© AFP 2022 / ZOOM DOSSO Sierra Leone's health officials checking passengers transiting at the border crossing with Liberia in Jendema on March 28, 2015
Sierra Leone's health officials checking passengers transiting at the border crossing with Liberia in Jendema on March 28, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The death toll from Ebola in Liberia is on the rise once again, after the World Health Organization declared the West African country free of the virus on May 9.

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Liberia is seeing an unexpected rebound of the deadly Ebola virus, after locals in the village of Nedowein said neighbors had eaten contaminated dog meat, commonly consumed in the country. Three men known to have dug up a dead dog and shared the meal tested positive for the virus.

The country's Ebola task force team confirmed that investigations into the possibility that animals could be carrying the disease have resumed, following a significant number of cattle deaths in remote Lofa County.

Liberia has accounted for more than 4,800 deaths out of 11,220 total in the West African outbreak, which began in 2014, though the country was believed to have been more successful in eradicating Ebola than neighboring  Sierra Leone and Guinea, which were still reporting new cases in May.

© AP Photo / Abbas DullehRelatives weep as they bury a loved one suspected of dying from the Ebola virus at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, March 11, 2015
Relatives weep as they bury a loved one suspected of dying from the Ebola virus at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, March 11, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Relatives weep as they bury a loved one suspected of dying from the Ebola virus at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, March 11, 2015
© AP Photo / Michael DuffIn this photo taken on Monday, March 2, 2015, a health care worker prepares a colleague's virus protective gear before entering a high risk zone at an Ebola virus clinic operated by the International Medical Corps in Makeni, Sierra Leone
In this photo taken on Monday, March 2, 2015, a health care worker prepares a colleague's virus protective gear before entering a high risk zone at an Ebola virus clinic operated by the International Medical Corps in Makeni, Sierra Leone - Sputnik International
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In this photo taken on Monday, March 2, 2015, a health care worker prepares a colleague's virus protective gear before entering a high risk zone at an Ebola virus clinic operated by the International Medical Corps in Makeni, Sierra Leone
© AP Photo / Abbas DullehA burial team in protective gear spray each other with disinfectant after burying the body of woman suspected to have died from Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia
A burial team in protective gear spray each other with disinfectant after burying the body of woman suspected to have died from Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia - Sputnik International
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A burial team in protective gear spray each other with disinfectant after burying the body of woman suspected to have died from Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia
© REUTERS / Misha Hussain A member of the French Red Cross disinfects the area around a motionless person suspected of carrying the Ebola virus as a crowd gathers in Forecariah January 30, 2015. Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea's anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters. Picture taken January 30, 2015.
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A member of the French Red Cross disinfects the area around a motionless person suspected of carrying the Ebola virus as a crowd gathers in Forecariah January 30, 2015. Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea's anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters. Picture taken January 30, 2015.
© AP Photo / Abbas DullehA health care worker assists a collegue inside a USAID, funded Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The World Health Organization says officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the virus’ spread. In an update published Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, the U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries _ Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia _ reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June, 2014.
A health care worker assists a collegue inside a USAID, funded Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The World Health Organization says officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the virus’ spread. In an update published Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, the U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries _ Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia _ reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June, 2014. - Sputnik International
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A health care worker assists a collegue inside a USAID, funded Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The World Health Organization says officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the virus’ spread. In an update published Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, the U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries _ Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia _ reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June, 2014.
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Health service workers are waiting for passengers to arrive at a Nigerian airport
© Samaritan's PurseMedical workers are disinfecting the dead body of an Ebola patient.
Medical workers are disinfecting the dead body of an Ebola patient. - Sputnik International
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Medical workers are disinfecting the dead body of an Ebola patient.
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Relatives weep as they bury a loved one suspected of dying from the Ebola virus at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, March 11, 2015
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In this photo taken on Monday, March 2, 2015, a health care worker prepares a colleague's virus protective gear before entering a high risk zone at an Ebola virus clinic operated by the International Medical Corps in Makeni, Sierra Leone
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A burial team in protective gear spray each other with disinfectant after burying the body of woman suspected to have died from Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia
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A member of the French Red Cross disinfects the area around a motionless person suspected of carrying the Ebola virus as a crowd gathers in Forecariah January 30, 2015. Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea's anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters. Picture taken January 30, 2015.
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A health care worker assists a collegue inside a USAID, funded Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The World Health Organization says officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the virus’ spread. In an update published Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, the U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries _ Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia _ reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June, 2014.
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Health service workers are waiting for passengers to arrive at a Nigerian airport
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Medical workers are disinfecting the dead body of an Ebola patient.

The first new Liberian Ebola suffered was 17-year-old Abraham Memaigar, who died in Nedowein on Sunday.

"We have, as of yesterday, three confirmed cases, one expired, who was the 17-year-old boy… The two live cases are 24 years old and 27 years old. They are stable," said Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah on Thursday.

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None of the three victims are known to have traveled to hotspots Sierra Leone or Guinea.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf encouraged the task force group working in the region "not to panic," while Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah confirmed health officials were monitoring 175 people believed to have come in contact with the three new cases.

"There is no further spread of the virus to any part of the country as we speak," he said.

However, Nedowein residents have voiced concerns about the virus outbreak, with Memaigar's uncle asking "How could Ebola jump over those places and come here in Nedowein?"

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