Ebola: Nigeria confirms new case in Lagos
Health minister says nurse who came into contact with American Patrick Sawyer is 10th confirmed Nigeria case A Nigerian health official inspects arrivals at Murtala Muhammed international airport in Lagos amid fears of an Ebola outbreak. Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP Nigeria has confirmed a new case of Ebola in the financial capital, Lagos, bringing the total number in the country to 10. The health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the latest confirmed case was a female nurse who came into contact with a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer, who died of Ebola in a Lagos hospital on 25 July. Another nurse who had contact with him died last week, while seven other people have been confirmed to have the virus in the city, he added. "The 10th case actually was one of the nurses who also had primary contact with the index case. When he [Sawyer] got ill, we then brought her into isolation," the minister told a news conference in Abuja. "We just tested her over the weekend. So, that's what made it 10. So, between Friday and today we had one additional case. That brings it to 10 and the 10 includes the index case." Chukwu said the nurse was undergoing treatment and her husband was under surveillance. Sawyer was criticised for travelling to Nigeria despite being ill and under surveillance by Liberian officials because his sister had died of Ebola. "It is unfortunate that one mad man brought Ebola to us, but we have to contain it," Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan said on Monday. "As a government we promise we will do everything possible to contain Ebola." The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday there were 13 probable and suspected cases of Ebola, including two deaths, in Nigeria. The minister did not comment on the discrepancy in the figures.
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