The case occurred in a small waterside village just outside Monrovia. The family of the 17-year-old, who died over the weekend, called a burial team that took swabs of the body and sent them to a laboratory. It confirmed that the boy had been infected by the virus.
He was safely buried, according to Mr. Nyenswah, adding that the family was being provided with food and other necessities while remaining under observation at home.
“The Ebola fight is not over but we must not lose hope,” said Liberia’s newly appointed minister of health, Dr. Bernice Dahn. She contended that the quick response to the case, including the rapid testing and confirmation that the boy had the virus, demonstrated Liberia’s preparedness to deal with the emergence of another outbreak