Nurses at a downtown Monrovia hospital were about to punch out from work late one November afternoon when a feverish teenager, convulsing and bleeding from his mouth, stumbled into the waiting room.
For Mosoka Fallah, the boy’s symptoms pointed in a grimly familiar direction. He drove off””speeding in the wrong lane and dodging head-on traffic””to a meeting of government officials in the center of the capital, where he burst into the room with the news: Ebola is back.
Twice this year, Liberia, the worst hit of all Ebola-affected nations with at least 4,800 deaths blamed on the disease, has been declared Ebola-free, only to see new cases appear. Liberian officials and medical researchers now wonder how soon their country and its neighbors will be completely rid of the scourge.