On 20 November, a new Ebola virus disease case was confirmed in Monrovia, capital of Liberia. The latest case, depending on sources either a 10-year or 15-year-old boy, who lives in the eastern Paynesville district of the city, was admitted to a treatment centre in the outskirts of Monrovia on 19 November. Two direct family members tested positive as well on 20 November. As of 20 November, at least four other people, of whom two relatives, had been admitted to the Ebola treatment centre (ETC). At least 153 contacts have been identified and are being monitored. Food and water were delivered on 21 November to high risk contacts.
The boy was at school, the Living in Christ International Ministry School, and appears to have shown symptoms before being admitted to hospital, according to health officials. At least seven healthcare workers may have treated him without the protective equipment essential for Ebola cases (New York Times, 21/11/2015). According to media sources, the child’s family and school will be put into quarantine.
These are the first new Ebola cases in Liberia, since the country was declared free from the disease a second time on 3 September 2015.