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article imageLiberia Experiences another Ebola death

By Anand Srivastava     Apr 4, 2016 in Health
Ebola Virus has resurfaced in the West-African regions — leading to calls for stronger steps to counter the persistent nature of this catastrophic epidemic.
Ebola struck back in Liberia, claiming the life of a young woman who barely passed her thirties. However, this could be an isolated incident as the African nation has already declared Ebola to have passed, with the outbreak coming to halt a few months back. Guinea, a neighboring nation, has also hinted towards a new strain and this untimely death certainly brings back those horrendous memories.
According to Liberia's health ministry, the concerned lady was at the redemption center when she died and the government is taking this quite seriously. We can soon expect the higher authorities to release an official statement pertaining to this new case. The woman tested positive for Ebola and passed away this Thursday.
Liberia is left shaking by this on-off death as the nation was at the crux of a severe epidemic — claiming nearly 12,000 lives. The affected regions of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia were badly hit and Thursday’s death has surely brought flashbacks of the recent past. The latest case in Liberia has now been confirmed by the World Health Organization, making it imperative to bring in newer tools to combat the same.
However, Liberia was declared free of any Ebola transmission in the month of January and health officials are now wondering what led to this reappearance. Previously affected nations have seen minor flare-ups, but none of these led to deaths, expect a few fatalities in Guinea.
Guinea isn’t left behind and has already been experiencing newer strains of infections, heightening the level of worries. This lingering epidemic has been at the forefront of global discussions but even after several months the concerned regions are still facing its wrath, ever so slightly.
As per reports, Guinea has seen eight infected individuals, and those in contact are now vaccinated with the experimental Merck vaccine which has shown promising results. WHO reports over 800 vaccinations in Guinea, over a week, showing the persistent nature of Ebola.
While vaccinations have certainly worked, complacency isn’t advisable. Ebola has been controlled to a considerable extent but hasn’t been wiped out. The vaccinations are still in the formative period and the global bodies must look to improve their efficacy to make them more potent.
The recent incident in Liberia might not be considered an outbreak but it’s still dampening optimism for an end of the Ebola virus..
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