A patient has tested positive for Ebola in Liberia’s capital, officials said Friday, deflating hopes that the country had beaten the disease after weeks with no new cases.
Liberia has seen the most deaths in the West African Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 10,000 people. But since it discharged its last case on March 5, it was counting down to being declared Ebola-free. Countries must wait 42 days from when the last patient tests negative to be declared free of the virus.
But a new patient has now tested positive, Dr. Francis Kateh, the acting head of the country’s Ebola Incident Management Team, said Friday. A second test is generally done to confirm the diagnosis.