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Published On: Thu, Sep 25th, 2014

No more Ebola suspects in Nigeria – FG

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fg-PresidencyBy Doyin Ojosipe

The Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has announced the discharge of the last set of Ebola suspects who have been under surveillance in Rivers state.

The health Minister had made the announcement at the on-going 69th UN General Assembly which held in New York, adding that the last 25 contacts under surveillance in Rivers state have finally completed their 21 days incubation period and have been discharged.

Nigeria had witnessed an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, in the last 2 months, when a Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer, who was said to be on a foreign mission, visited Nigeria, infecting some Nigerian Doctors and Nurses.

The discovery had led to adoption of the quarantine and surveillance method as measures taken to contain the spread of the deadly disease.

Before now, there were 19 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus infection in Nigeria, 12 had survived the disease, while 7 had died.

Many contacts of the index case were traced and placed on surveillance, for easy monitoring and early treatment should they develop symptoms similar to that of the Ebola disease.

 

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