A new case of Ebola has emerged hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the West African outbreak was over. Tests on a person who died in Sierra Leone tested positive for the virus. It comes after officials declared Liberia Ebola-free on Thursday.
The virus claimed more than 11,300 lives over two years. Nearly 23,000 children lost at least one parent or caregiver to the disease.
Liberia, which along with Sierra Leone and Guinea was an epicenter of the latest outbreak, was first declared free of the disease last May, but new cases emerged two times – forcing officials there to restart the clock.
Before this latest case emerged, Rick Brennan, WHO director of emergency risk assessment and humanitarian response, said at a news conference in Geneva: ‘While this is an important milestone and a very important step forward, we have to say that the job is still not done. ‘That’s because there is still ongoing risk of re-emergence of the disease because of persistence of the virus in a proportion of survivors,’ Metro UK reports.