today's Pick
Doctor who treated Ebola patient has contracted virus - Nigeria
Publish Date: Aug 04, 2014
Doctor who treated Ebola patient has contracted virus - Nigeria
An employee disinfects an office in Monrovia where offices were closed for disinfection against the epidemic of the haemorrhagic fever Ebola on August 1, 2014.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

ABUJA  - Nigerian authorities said Monday that a doctor in Lagos who treated a Liberian victim of Ebola has contracted the virus, the second confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa's largest city.

"This new case is one of the doctors who attended to the Liberian Ebola patient who died," said Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu.

The minister told journalists that 70 other people believed to have come into contact with the Liberian are being monitored, eight of whom have been placed in quarantine at a facility in Lagos.

Patrick Sawyer, who worked for Liberia's finance ministry, contracted the virus from his sister before travelling to Lagos for a meeting of west African officials.

He landed in Lagos on July 20 from Monrovia after switching planes in Togo's capital Lome.

He was visibly sick upon arrival and taken directly to the First Consultants hospital in the upmarket Lagos neighbourhood of Ikoyi. He died in quarantine on July 25.

The hospital was closed indefinitely last week.

The second confirmed case in Nigeria is the latest in the deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak, which has infected 1,440 people and left 826 dead. The other cases are spread across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Egypt, Libya plunge in Africa governance index, Uganda 19th
Egypt and Libya plunged in an annual ranking of good governance in Africa whose publishers also warned the raging Ebola epidemic...
Sierra Leone's government was forced to issue a statement on Tuesday denying that Ebola had been defeated, after hundreds to took to the streets in provincial towns to celebrate what they thought was the end of the epidemic....
Muslim pilgrims denounce IS but doubt US-led war
As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by Islamic State group jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world....
Police foil terrorist attack on Luzira Prisons
Government security agencies have intercepted a communication from terrorists in Uganda to an al-Qaeda cell in Maghreb, North Africa, requesting for help to bomb Luzira Prisons to free eight terror suspects who are on remand in connection with the July 11, 2010 Kampala twin bombings, the Police hav...
Judges decry neglect of the Judiciary
The Justice of Supreme Court, Jotham Tumwesigye, has decried the total neglect of the Judiciary saying something should be done....
Over 30 people die in Sudan bus accident
Over 30 people are feared dead after a Ugandan bus got involved in an accident on the Juba Nimule Road in South Sudan. However, there were conflicting figures about the death toll, with some reports putting the figure at 52 and others at 32....
Will police's move to increase the number of investigators help deal with fraud?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter