Nigerian Nurse Dead from Ebola, 5 Others Infected

Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Nigeria recorded its first known fatality from Ebola virus infection with the death of a nurse in Lagos.
Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Nigeria recorded its first known fatality from Ebola virus infection with the death of a nurse in Lagos.

A Nigerian nurse has become the second person to die of the Ebola virus in Africa’s most populous nation, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.

The nurse had helped treat Liberian government worker Patrick Sawyer, who fell ill from the virus after arriving on a flight to the commercial capital, Lagos. He was taken to a hospital in the city and died five days later on July 25.

Nigeria has five other confirmed cases of Ebola in Lagos, Chukwu said in a statement handed to reporters today in Abuja, the capital of Africa’s biggest economy.

“We are making arrangements to procure isolation tents to quicken the pace of providing isolation wards in all the states of the federation,” Chukwu said. Nigeria is also planning to recruit more health workers in its efforts to control the spread of the hemorrhagic fever in Lagos, he said.

Nigeria may try to obtain some of the experimental Ebola therapies given to two Americans who contracted the disease in Liberia, Jide Idris, Lagos’s health commissioner, said yesterday.

Not counting the most recent incidents, the outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 887 people, according to the World Health Organization. Most of the cases are in neighboring Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, on West Africa’s Atlantic coast. Nigeria, a $500 billion economy and Africa’s top oil producer, doesn’t share a border with any of those countries.

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Source: Bloomberg | Daniel Magnowski 

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