UN peacekeeper in Liberia tests positive for Ebola

2014-12-05 13:55
An Ebola virus. (File: AP)

An Ebola virus. (File: AP)

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Monrovia - The United Nations peacekeeping force in Liberia says one of its members has been infected with Ebola.

This is the mission's third case linked to the disease. The previous two died.

The country's top UN envoy, Karin Landgren, said in a statement late on Thursday that a peacekeeper tested positive the day before. The patient is being treated in Monrovia.

Landgren said 16 people who came into contact with the soldier have been quarantined. Areas the peacekeeper visited while symptomatic have been decontaminated.

The Ebola outbreak has sickened nearly 17 300 people, killing about 6 100. The disease has hit Liberia hardest, in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The UN force, with about 7 700 troops and police, has been in Liberia since 2003 to bring stability after civil war.

Read more on:    un  |  liberia  |  guinea  |  sierra leone  |  health  |  west africa  |  ebola

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