Ebola is a national emergency: Nigeria health minister


Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, speaking to media yesterday in Abuja said a Nigerian nurse had died from the Ebola Virus.

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He said the nurse worked at the Lagos hospital where Liberian Patrick Sawyer was treated. The Minister said the nurse died on Thursday August 5th.


He also revealed that five medical practitioners who interacted with Sawyer have been confirmed to have contracted the deadly virus

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“Nigeria has now recorded seven confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease. The first one was the index case, which is the imported case from Liberia of which the victim is now late.Yesterday, 5th August, 2014, the first known Nigerian to die of the EVD was recorded and this was one of the nurses that attended to the Liberian. The other five cases are currently being treated at the Isolation Ward in Lagos.” he said

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Five more cases were confirmed in Nigeria on Wednesday, and a second person has died from the disease. The World Health Organisation says 932 people have now been killed by Ebola in West Africa.