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Rising Public Health Concerns after Reports of Second Ebola Case in Lagos
Government Warning Issued for West Africa
Category: 3 (Moderate)
Category: Health and Medical
Source: Drum Cussac
08/05/2014 (Nigeria) – The Federal Government confirmed on Monday, 4 August, that a Nigerian doctor had contracted the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The doctor was reportedly among the first to be in contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American national who died from the deadly virus last month shortly after his arrival in Lagos.
According to Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, at least eight other people who have had contact with the deceased have been placed under quarantine, while 70 others are under surveillance.
The Nigerian government has also indicated that health workers and border control personnel in areas like the Idiroko and Seme borders with neighbouring Benin have received new directives and equipment to screen individuals entering the country. Authorities have also enforced a ban on any airline or family members from bringing corpses for burial to Nigeria, especially if they come from Ebola-endemic countries like Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The Ebola virus is not believed to be airborne, but it can be transmitted through body fluid or mucus contact from infected humans and animals. Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, chills, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, backache, and joint pains. Later symptoms include bleeding from the eyes, ears and nose, bleeding from the mouth and rectum, eye swelling, swelling of the genitals and bloody rashes all over the body. There is no available drug or vaccine to treat Ebola, and the disease has a fatality rate of more than 60 per cent.
Clients and travellers in Nigeria, especially those in Lagos, should monitor the situation and adhere to all directives issued by local health officials and private medical providers. Travellers should apply stringent hygiene and infection control precautions to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus, such as frequent hand-washing, wearing protective clothing, abstaining from bush meat. For further updates and information on Ebola, clients can refer to the Federal Ministry of Health’s website, www.ebolaalert.org, social media Twitter account, @ebolaalert, as well as emergency toll free numbers 0800326524357 and 0800 EBOLA HELP.
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