Nigeria ‘on red alert’ over Ebola death in Lagos

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Nigeria says it has put all entries into the country on red alert

after confirming the death of a Liberian man who was carrying the

Ebola virus. The man died after arriving at Lagos airport on Tuesday,

in the first Ebola case in Africa's most populous country.

Surveillance has been stepped up at all "airports, seaports and land

borders", says Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu. Since February, more

than 660 people have died of Ebola in West Africa – the world's

deadliest outbreak to date. It began in southern Guinea and spread to

Liberia and Sierra Leone. 'Contact avoided' The Liberian man collapsed

on arrival in Lagos last Sunday. He was taken from the airport to

hospital, where he was put in quarantine. Officials have identified

the 40-year-old man as an employee of the Liberian government. Ebola,

which is highly contagious, spreads via bodily fluids, including sweat

Mr Chukwu confirmed that the other passengers on board the flight had

been traced and were being monitored. The patient had "avoided contact

with the general public" between the airport and the hospital, he

said. Health specialists have been deployed at all entry points into

the country, he added. The virus, which kills up to 90% of those

infected, spreads through contact with an infected person's bodily

fluids. Patients have a better chance of survival if they receive

treatment early.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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