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Monday, 4 August 2014

Breaking News: Lagos Doctor ‘Contracts’ Ebola

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, 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 the plans of the federal government to constitute 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.

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