Nigeria reports tenth Ebola infection
By Rafiu Ajakaye, Monday, August 11, 2014
LAGOS – A Nigerian female nurse has tested positive for the Ebola virus, bringing to ten the number of confirmed infections, including two fatalities, registered in Africa's most populous nation.
"[She] has been quarantined in Lagos," Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told reporters in capital Abuja.
He said the nurse was newly wedded and that her husband had since been placed under observation.
The nurse was among those who came in contact with Patrick Sawyer, an infected Liberian who came to the country on July 25.
Sawyer had shown symptoms of Ebola and was admitted to a hospital in the commercial city of Lagos, where he later died.
A nurse who had come in contact with him later succumbed to the disease.
Last week, Nigeria said it had placed 139 people – all of whom had various degrees of contact with Sawyer – under watch.
The country has also declared a state of national emergency to curtail the spread of the virus.
Ebola, a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure, has claimed hundreds of lives in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The tropical fever, which first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals.
It also reportedly spreads through contact with the body fluids of infected persons or of those who have died of the disease.
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