Ebola: Nigerian government identifies 59 contacts of dead victim

The Lagos state ministry of health has so far identified 59 people who were in contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian man in his 40s who died of Ebola after arriving the city from Monrovia on the 20th of July. Dr Jide Idris, the State’s health commissioner confirmed this yesterday and also stated that the hospital where the victim was admitted and subsequently quarantined, first Consultants hospital, in Obalande area of the city, has been evacuated.

Among the 59 contacts so far traced were hospital contacts. The airline contacts have so far not been traced as the airline that brought Mr Sawyer into Lagos is yet to provide the passenger manifest. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s largest carrier Arik air has suspended all flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Since the outbreak was reported in February, Sierra Leone has recorded 525 cases which is the highest number of cases for any country. Other affected countries include Liberia and Guinea, both in West Africa.

All entry points into Nigeria are on red alert and the World Health Organisation will be sending a team to Nigeria and Togo, where Mr Sawyer’s flight had made a stop-over, to help with the contact tracing.

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