Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Nigerian doctor who treated Ebola patient infected with virus, 8 others quarantined

The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday said one of the doctors that treated the Liberian-born American, Patrick Sawyer, who died of the Ebola disease, had contracted the virus.
Chukwu made this known in Abuja as Reutersnews agency quoted the Geneva-based World Health Organisation as saying in a statement that Nigeria had four cases, of which three were classed as ‘probable’ Ebola and one as ‘suspected.’
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak, according to WHO, rose from 729 to 887 by August 1. The total number of cases in the four West African countries affected is now 1,603.
Sawyer, who arrived at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos on July 20, died at an Obalende hospital five days after.
Chukwu said, ‘‘This is now the second case of Ebola virus disease in Nigeria. This victim is one of the doctors who attended to the patient who brought Ebola virus to Nigeria.’’
He also told journalists in Abuja that ‘‘about eight other persons who came into contact with Sawyer, and who had developed the Ebola symptoms, had been quarantined while 70 others were under surveillance.’’

Plane carrying 59-year-old American missionary worker infected with Ebola leaves Liberia


A special plane transporting the second American infected with Ebola has left Liberia's capital en route to Atlanta.
Nancy Writebol, a missionary from North Carolina, will be treated at the same Atlanta hospital where an American doctor with Ebola already has been taken. Writebol's son, Jeremy, said his mother 'is still struggling' but that 'there seems to be improvement.'
The two Americans infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans.
She was reportedly in stable condition before take-off, after receiving a second dose of the drug.
Ebola has killed at least 887 people in four West African countries in the largest outbreak of the disease in history. 

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