Another suspected case of Ebola in Nigeria


Dr-Adesina-Yewande-600x330Man who helped dead Liberian from plane down with fever      • It’s not true; we’re doing routine surveillance – Adesina    • We’re intensifying research on virus – NIMR DG

The country may have recorded another case of Ebola as latest report has shown that the man who assisted late Mr. Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian who died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Lagos, is now down with symptoms, suspected to be EVD.

A reliable source yesterday, confirmed receipt of a short message service (SMS) text that the person who aided Sawyer to move out of the plane is presenting symptoms, identifiable with EVD.

“In fact, I just got a text that the person who helped Sawyer, the Liberian, to get out of the air plane is down with a suspected case of Ebola. You can see we have to be very careful,” the source said.

He further said that the latest victim is among those who were being quarantined for having first contact with the victim (late Sawyer).

Meanwhile, Lagos state has said none of the 59 contacts is sick for now.

The special adviser to Lagos state Governor Babatunde Fashola on Public Health, Dr Adesina Yewande while reacting to the report said: “It is not true. We are doing routine surveillance, no one is sick.”

It would be recalled that the team of Federal Government and the Lagos State Government on Ebola had Monday in Lagos, confirmed that 59 persons had contact with the late Liberian that died of Ebola in Lagos among whom are hospital contacts (38 healthcare workers and six laboratory staff) and 15 Airport contacts comprising three ECOWAS staff – driver, Liason and Protocol officer, Nigerian Ambassador to Monrovia, two nursing staff and five airport passenger handlers. SEE MORE ON PGAE2

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