UPDATE 2-Nigeria's Lagos now has 10 Ebola cases - health minister

Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:04pm GMT
 

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By Camillus Eboh

ABUJA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos has 10 confirmed cases of Ebola, up from seven at the last count, and two patients have died, including the Liberian who brought the virus in, the health minister said on Monday.

All were people who had had direct contact with Patrick Sawyer, who collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport on July 25 and later died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.

A nurse who had treated Sawyer without knowing what he had and did not therefore wear protective gear, also died.

Nigeria on Friday declared a national emergency over the Ebola outbreak.

"As at today, 77 primary and secondary contacts of the index case have been placed under surveillance or isolation," Chukwu told a news conference. The latest case was also a nurse, who had had primary contact with Sawyer, a Liberian-American.

"When she got ill, we then brought her into isolation. We just tested her over the weekend."   Continued...

 
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