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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Ebola: Another Nigerian doctor tests positive

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Thursday in Abuja said another Nigerian doctor has tested positive to the deadly Ebola disease.

The doctor’s case increases the number of people infected with the disease to 11, including the three confirmed deaths. One of the earlier confirmed infections was also a doctor.

“The total number of confirmed cases is 11, out of this 11, three are dead. The three that are dead are: the index case, a Liberian-American; a Nigerian nurse who was among those that managed the index case; and a Nigerian who was serving as a protocol officer with the ECOWAS,” Mr. Chukwu said.

However, few minutes after Mr. Chukwu’s briefing, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that another nurse that treated the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, died on Thursday morning at the Lagos hospital where those being quarantined are kept.

The two infected doctors also treated Mr. Sawyer.

Mr. Chukwu also said that more than half of the eight people quarantined are doing well and showing signs of recovery.

Altogether, the minister also said that 169 people are still under surveillance: 163 in Lagos and 6 in Enugu. The 169 is a downslide from 198 previously under surveillance, indicating some of those under surveillance, including 15 in Enugu, have been discharged.

Those under surveillance in Enugu are those believed to have had contact with a nurse who escaped quarantine in Lagos and travelled to Enugu to meet her husband.

Mr. Chukwu said the nurse and her husband were moved in a special ambulance to the Lagos treatment centre.

He also said that an experimental drug, NanoSilver, provided by a Nigerian scientist, will hopefully reach the treatment centre on Thursday.

He said all protocol and guidelines will be followed before the drug is administered on the patients.

He noted that this will go on while Nigerian government makes attempt to buy into ZMapp produced by a biotechnology firm, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., in San Diego.

The minister said the drug would also be vetted by the technical committee group before administration

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