Lagos sees second Ebola case, doctor who treated victim: [Nigeria’s] health minister

August 4, 2014



LAGOS, Aug 4 (Reuters)


Lagos recorded its second case of Ebola on Monday, in a doctor who treated U.S. victim Patrick Sawyer, Nigeria’s health minister said.

Sawyer died in Lagos last month after arriving there by plane from Liberia.

Ebola has killed 826 people in West Africa since the outbreak began in February, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“As of today, one of the doctors that treated the late Mr Sawyer has tested positive for the Ebola virus,” Onyebuchi Chukwu told a news conference. Of 70 people who were under surveillance, eight had been “quarantined at an isolation ward provided by the Lagos state government,” he added.

Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest diseases, with a mortality rate of up to 90 percent of cases. The disease starts with headaches and fever, and final-stage symptoms include external and internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea. There is no effective treatment and no vaccine to protect against it.

The latest outbreak began in the forests of remote eastern Guinea in February. Its arrival of one of the world’s deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and its most populous country, with 170 million people, has caused panic.

Lagos is Africa’s biggest city, with 21 million people, and one of the world’s most crowded, with poor healthcare infrastructure.


MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014.  4:40 p.m. [GMT]


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2 Comments on “Lagos sees second Ebola case, doctor who treated victim: [Nigeria’s] health minister”

  1. emotan77 Says:


    How very very tragic and pathetic!

    S. Bisi



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Sis.,

      Thanks for this.

      Another question that worries me now that the Lagos doctor relates to the spread of this disease considering how rapidly it spreads and the rapidity with which it kills those that come in contact through all those ways.

      How did it kill all those victims in the Congo years ago and how was it eradicated?

      With West Africans more mobile, and most especially Nigerians, are we not faced with a biological warfare with this supposed new “outbreak”? Three countries next to each other: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone suddenly becomes the front of the new “outbreak” and somehow, Mr. Patrick Sawyer whose sister supposedly had it and died of the disease, had to visit Lagos and within a couple of days, Nigeria’s most densely-populated city becomes a theatre.

      How many patients at the Nigerian doctor’s hospital could have caught it? What of the poor doctor’s family and those he and his family must have been in close contact with? How many Nigerians are going to be wiped out by this “new outbreak” before we stop hearing of ebola until the next come-around?


      We need answers to these questions.





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