Nigeria: Ebola scare hits Nigeria again

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) -  Fifteen people have been quarantined at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital in southern Nigeria after a patient manifested the symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease before dying at the hospital, the local media reported Friday.

Nine nurses, one doctor, four health workers and one patient were quarantined after the unidentified patient was brought to the hospital with high body temperature, vomiting, stooling and bleeding from the nose. The patient died shortly after landing at the hospital.

Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at the hospital, Dr. Queeneth Kalu, said the blood sample of the patient had been sent for testing while identified contacts had been quarantined.

Kalu told journalists in Calabar, capital of southern Cross River State, Thursday that the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Federal Ministry of Health and the State Government as well as the Department of State Services had been informed of the development.

“On Wednesday October 7, 2015, we managed a patient who presented with symptoms mimicking viral haemorrhagic fever. Due to the remote chance of it being contagious, we have sent the blood samples for testing and quarantined identified contacts.

“Further information will be made available as soon as we receive the results of the samples sent for analysis,” Dr. Kalu said.

NCDC Director Abdulsalami Nasidi said a medical team was already on ground in Calabar.

“The NCDC team is on ground and containment measures are already being put in place. The samples are being tested and we should know by tomorrow (Friday),'' he said

The Ebola scare came at a time the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the prospect of an end to Ebola after health officials announced that, for the first time, a whole week has passed in West Africa without any new cases of the deadly virus that has killed over 11,000 since the 2013 outbreak.

The first Ebola case was reported in Nigeria 20 July 2014 when Liberian Patrick Sawyer brought the disease to the country (Nigeria).

A total of 19 Ebola cases and seven deaths were subsequently recorded in Nigeria before the WHO certified Nigeria Ebola-free.
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09 october 2015 08:53:00

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