Two months after being declared Ebola-free, the west African nation of Liberia has confirmed the death of a boy who succumbed to the virus, forcing the government to quarantine his family and place hundreds under surveillance.
Nathan Gbotoe, identified as being either ten or fifteen years old according to various local reports, died Monday night following a positive diagnosis of Ebola on Thursday. The Gbotoe family lives in the outskirts of Monrovia, the nation’s capital, and reports dispute how many confirmed cases among them there are. Nigeria’s Today reports two, whilethe Liberian Observer says officials have confirmed only a second case: the boy’s father, Nathan, Sr.
The Observer notes that reports say fourteen Gbotoe family members have been quarantined and 153 people are “under surveillance” for symptoms of the virus. “At least ten” health workers have also been quarantined after coming into contact with Gbotoe, and the Observer claims to have inside sources who can confirm that the victim’s mother and a number of other relatives are showing “very clear” signs that they have contracted Ebola.
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