Deadly Ebola virus reaches Nigeria – spreads to fourth country in Africa

July 2014 AFRICA - A Liberian man who was hospitalized in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, with the Ebola virus has died, Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said. “The patient was subjected to thorough medical tests … which confirmed he had the Ebola virus,” Chukwu said Friday. The case has raised fears that the virus could spread beyond the three countries at the center of what health officials say is the deadliest ever Ebola outbreak and into Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria. Lagos has more than 20 million residents. As of July 20, some 1,093 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are thought to have been infected by Ebola since its symptoms were first observed four months ago, according to the World Health Organization. Testing confirmed the Ebola virus in 786 of those cases, of whom 442 died. Of the 1,093 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, 660 people have died. The man hospitalized in Lagos was a 40-year-old Liberian working for a West African organization in Monrovia, Liberia, according to the Lagos State Ministry of Health. He arrived at Lagos airport on Sunday and was isolated in a local hospital after showing symptoms associated with the virus. He told officials that he had no direct contact with anyone with the virus nor attended the burial of anyone who died of Ebola. The Lagos State Ministry of Health had said Thursday that “the patient’s condition is stable and is in recovery” and that the results of testing for Ebola infection were still pending in his case. Infection control measures were in place in the hospital, officials said.
Confirmation of the death in Lagos followed news that a doctor who has played a key role in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is infected with the disease, according to that country’s Ministry of Health. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan is being treated by the French aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres — also known as Doctors Without Borders — in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, agency spokesman Tim Shenk said. Before falling ill, Khan had been overseeing Ebola treatment and isolation units at Kenema Government Hospital, about 185 miles east of the capital Freetown. Ebola typically kills 90 percent of those infected, but the death rate in this outbreak has dropped to roughly 60 percent thanks to early treatment. Officials believe that the Ebola outbreak has taken such a strong hold in West Africa due to the proximity of the jungle — where the virus originated — to Conakry, Guinea, which has a population of 2 million.  Because symptoms don’t immediately appear, the virus can easily spread as people travel around the region. Once the virus takes hold, many die in an average of 10 days as the blood fails to clot and hemorrhaging occurs. –Local 10
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8 Responses to Deadly Ebola virus reaches Nigeria – spreads to fourth country in Africa

  1. Bone Idle says:

    Worse now!!

    A U.S. Doctor has contracted it : http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/american-doctor-africa-tests-positive-ebola-24729144

    If a Western trained doctor comes down with this even taking all the precautions………………….

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  2. Dennis E. says:

    If this continues, Africa will not, cannot be a participant of the New World Order program that is being hailed due to this virus. It is part of it. Could Africa also be subject of a depopulation program? It is true that an argument can be made for the destruction of the rain forest and viruses like this are looking for a new host, but can that be proven?

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  3. Julie Snider says:

    This can’t be good, it’s like something out of a made for TV movie, yikes!! http://boingboing.net/2014/07/25/first-ebola-patient-in-sierra.html

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  4. An extremely interesting and at the same time quite disturbing post.

    Hopefully this will prove to be an isolated case for the worst case scenario where Ebola spreads in a crowded city with 20 Million people doesn’t bear thinking about.

    The Science Geek

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  5. Andre says:

    So far, not much of a death toll. One would be more likely to be run down in the U.S. by a moron texting while driving, or murdered in Africa by corporate mercenaries sent to steal your land for it’s resources. Ebola is too effective a killer, with vectors dying before they can transmit it. My fear is that it is to be genetically modified, to extend the contagious incubation period, and delay the onset of the outwardly obvious symptoms. Then you would have a terrifying pandemic. Oil rich Nigeria would be a convenient place to test such a weaponized version of Ebola.

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    • Bone Idle says:

      The road toll is a steadily slowly rising number. With a outbreak such as Ebola the contagion rate is exponential. Meaning that in a relatively short time, if left unchecked a few cases could over take the road toll.
      The authorities have already stated that this outbreak is out of control – at least in Africa.
      The first evidence in a modern Western country will lead to strict quarantining.

      Weaponizing Ebola is probably not the most effective. You need a highly effective virus which lingers for months and not kill within a very short time period. A virus that lingers for months immobilisers task forces and populations.

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