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Lagos doctor ‘contracts’ Ebola

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One of the doctors in Lagos who attended to Liberian Patrick Sawyer – the man credited with bringing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to Nigeria – has contracted the virus.

According to minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu (pictured), who confirmed the report, two other people under quarantine have developed symptoms of the virus “but it is not certain yet if they have the disease”.

The minister added that out of the 70 persons established to have had contact with the late Liberian, eight persons were now being quarantined.

Chukwu also revealed that the federal government had constituted a team to find the cure for Ebola.

A member of the team, he said, is professor of pharmacognosy and former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu.

But he could not confirm reports that a corpse brought into the country from Liberia had the deadly virus.

“Samples have been taken from the corpse and the result would be available today,” he said.

Chukwu, who reiterated that efforts were being made to identify more secondary contacts, stressed no outbreak had been recorded yet outside Lagos.

He appealed to Nigerians to report any incident of the disease to the ministry for immediate action.

Copyright 2014 The Cable. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source.

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