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First Ebola case reported in Lagos. Risk for doctors and health care workers increases


A hospital in Nigerian city of Lagos has been evacuated and quarantined after a patient died from Ebola, marking the first case in the country.

Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia’s finance ministry was reported to have collapsed shortly after his flight landed at Lagos airport on July 20. He died while he was receiving treatment at First Consultants Hospital.

Nigerian officials said that they were monitoring 59 people who came into contact with Sawyer, including doctors, nurses and people at the airport, but the names of passengers that had arrived together with him have not yet been released by the airline.
According to the World Health Organization, the number of Ebola cases continues to climb in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the virus has infected 1,201 people and claimed 672 lives since it was first reported in February.

The fact that the virus has been brought to 21-million Lagos, the most densely populated city in Nigeria, makes officials fearing that the risk of containment may be extremely high.

Now the outbreak is also taking a toll on doctors and health care workers battling the disease, including two Americans. Doctor, Kent Brantly, and an aid worker Nancy Writebol working for two charitable groups fighting Ebola in Liberia have both become infected with the deadly virus. They are being treated at the centre in Monrovia where they were working to help Ebola patients. Melissa Strickland, a spokeswoman for North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse said both are in stable condition.

The first Liberian doctor who died of the disease was Samuel Brisbane, who worked as a consultant with the internal medicine unit at the country’s largest hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Centre in Monrovia.

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