A 17-year-old who died in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, the first case in the country since it was declared free of the virus in May.

The patient died at home in the rural village of of Nedowian in Margibi County, which is close to Monrovia, the country's capital city and one of the epicenters of the epidemic several months ago. Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah told FrontPageAfrica that residents are under quarantine and food, medicines and other items will be airlifted into Nedowian.

Reuters reported that the corpse has been buried and that contract tracing has begun. "There is no need to panic," Nyenswah told the news service.

Since the current epidemic began in December 2013, more than 11,200 people have died from Ebola with more than 40 percent of them in Liberia. But things had begun to improve as far back as January when the U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers sat nearly empty as the outbreak began to fade.

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