August 5, 2014 / 1:43 PM / 5 years ago

Lagos has 8 suspected Ebola cases, 1 confirmed-Nigerian health official

Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris speaks about the update on the Ebola outbreak during a news conference in Lagos July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

LAGOS (Reuters) - Lagos has eight suspected cases of Ebola, all in people who came into contact with Nigeria’s first victim who died last month, the health commissioner said on Tuesday, with one case confirmed.

Authorities have been monitoring anyone who came into close contact with Patrick Sawyer, a Liberia and U.S. citizen who died of Ebola in Lagos last month shortly after arriving at the airport. The second confirmed case was a doctor who looked after him.

Health Commissioner Jide Idris also said a further six people who had made contact with Sawyer had been quarantined but were not showing symptoms.

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