New cases of Ebola have been detected in Liberia, nearly two months after the West African country was declared free of the virus.
The authorities are monitoring at least 100 people thought to have been in contact with a 17-year-old boy, Abraham Memaigar, who died on Sunday in Margibi County, about 50 kilometres east of the capital Monrovia. He had originally been misdiagnosed with malaria.
Health officials are quoted as saying two more cases were identified on Wednesday, raising fears that hidden pockets of the virus may remain.
In the village of Nedowein, the dead teenager’s home has been placed under quarantine and health officials wearing boots and rubber gloves went house-to-house confining people to their homes.
A health authority spokesman in Margibi County, Cestus Tarpeh, told the AFP news agency that the two new cases had been in contact with the boy.