New Ebola containment effort under way in Liberia

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Workers from an Ebola Treatment Units in the west African region where the deadly disease has killed more than 11,200 people. Photo: UN/Martine Perret

The international community's emergency response is under way following news that the deadly Ebola virus has killed again in Liberia, the UN said Friday.

In addition to a 17-year-old boy who died from the disease in the west African nation in recent days, two other infected individuals have been identified.

And after three months with no cases of disease transmission in Liberia, UN children's fund UNICEF announced that it has begun distributing aid to affected communities.

Daniel Johnson has more.

In Margibi County, where the teenager tested positive for the virus on the 29th of June, health workers are already going from door-to-door to minimise the risk of further infection.

And in coming days, the school where the deceased 17-year-old attended will be decontaminated, UN children's agency UNICEF says.

So called sanitary cordons have also been reinstated around Liberia's international airport and between the counties of Bong, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is using genetic sequencing of the current virus to see if it is the same as the original virus which has killed more than 11,200 people, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

WHO's Margaret Harris said communities had started to help the authorities by placing individuals suspected of infection in quarantine and restricting people from moving around.

But it's going to be a long process, she said.

"This is not easy, people do not know where they've been, what they've done, so it's going to take a lot of scientific investigation."

According to UNMEER, the UN Ebola taskforce that's on the ground, at least 175 people are under surveillance, and 30 of them are said to be high risk.

Four individuals have also been admitted to a special Ebola treatment centre, where the two new cases were identified.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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