6 August 2014

Nigerian Nurse Dies of Ebola

Photo: Samaritans Purse
An Ebola patient in the isolation ward (file photo).

A Nigerian nurse who treated Patrick Sawyer has died from Ebola virus, the government has confirmed.

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, also confirmed that six more people tested positive of the virus.

All six who tested positive were in primary contact with the Liberian American, Mr. Sawyer, who died in a Lagos hospital late July after arriving from Liberia.

The nurse is the first Nigerian to die from Ebola.

The Nigerian government has asked the U.S. Centre for Disease Control to provide it with the experimental drug being administered to the two American doctors infected in Liberia.

Both are said to be responding to treatment.

Mr. Chukwu, at a press briefing on Wednesday morning, demanded state governments to open up more isolation sites to contain people who might need to be treated or isolated.

He said the government would stop at nothing to contain the spread of Ebola‎.

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