The past few weeks have seen a reemergence of cases of Ebola in Liberia. While Liberia’s deputy minister of health, Tolbert Nyenswah, reports that things are under control, the three new cases highlight a lingering anxiety amongst Liberians.
As former Ebola doctor Dr. Drusano points out in our April interview, without proper support the crisis is “likely to happen again.” Not only have the original conditions that made the outbreak possible in places like Liberia remained largely unchanged, they’ve in many respects actually worsened. The first months of the outbreak claimed many of Liberia’s medical professionals, leaving devastated an already fragile system.
What is also disconcerting about the new situation is that it is unclear where the infections came from. According to the New York Times, it is still being investigated whether this is a new strain of the virus or a revival of known strains.
While the new cases are localized and “under control” the warning is clear: the future of Liberia and West Africa depends on the choices we make today.