The Ebola virus was imported into Nigeria via an infected air traveller, who entered Lagos on 20 July and died 5 days later. One close contact of the Lagos case fled the city, where he was under quarantine, to seek treatment in Port Harcourt.
This close contact was treated, from 1 to 3 August, at a Port Harcourt hotel by a male physician who developed symptoms of weakness and fever on 11 August and died of Ebola on 22 August.
The case history of this physician, the index case for Port Harcourt, is important, as it reveals multiple high-risk opportunities for transmission of the virus to others.
Entire towns and villages have been placed into quarantine or abandoned by residents…
By Lilian Leposo and Nima Elbagir, CNN
Zango Town, Liberia (CNN) — At the gravesite in a northern Liberia village, there are no religious or traditional burial rites. No ceremony, no mourning, no family members, and no final goodbyes.
Nothing but a group of men dressed in space-suit-like outfits, cautiously throwing the dead body into the grave, they pause only to toss in anything else they are wearing that came into contact with the deceased.
The World Health Organization has voiced concern about the “unprecedented” number of healthcare workers hit by the Ebola outbreak. More than 120 health workers have died and over 240 others infected so far.
Nigeria’s health minister will hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners on Monday as West Africa struggles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the toll among healthcare workers.
Nigeria’s medics have paid a heavy price in the outbreak: of the six people who have died from the disease in Africa’s most populous nation, two have been doctors and two others nurses. On Sunday a fresh case was confirmed in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of those providing healthcare in West Africa to be hit by the epidemic.