6 Aug 2014

Ebola Outbreak: Nigerian Nurse who treated dead Liberian dies; ...7 others isolated

The Federal Government said on Wednesday that a nurse, who was one of the medical personnel that attended to the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, has died of the disease.

Sawyer died of Ebola virus in a Lagos private hospital penultimate Friday.

Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who stated this at a news conference in Abuja, also confirmed that five other medical practitioners, who participated in the treatment, were already infected with the virus.

He said, “Nigeria has now recorded seven confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease.

“The first one was the index case, which is the imported case from Liberia of which the victim is now late.

“Yesterday, August 5, 2014, the first known Nigerian to die of the EVD was recorded and this was one of the nurses that attended to the Liberian.

“The other five cases are currently being treated at the Isolation Ward in Lagos.”

The Minister noted that all the Nigerians diagnosed were primary contacts of the index case.

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