It's Confirmed: Doctor Died From Ebola in Port Harcourt Hospital


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The Nigerian Ministry of Health on Thursday has confirmed that the doctor who died in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers state is indeed the first Ebola case outside the city of Lagos.

The Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the doctor died on Friday, August 22 after treating a patient who had had contact with Patrick Sawyer (the vector of the virus into Nigeria) and died in a Lagos hospital on the 25th of July.

Nigeria on Thursday said that a doctor had died from Ebola in the southeastern oil city of Port Harcourt in the first case of the deadly virus outside the financial hub, Lagos.

Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the medic died on August 22 after treating a patient who had contact with a Liberian-American man, who brought the virus into Nigeria and died in a Lagos hospital on July 25.

“Following the report of this death by the doctor’s widow the next day, the case had been thoroughly investigated and laboratory analysis showed that this doctor died from EVD (Ebola Virus Disease),” Chukwu said to Abuja reporters.

The Minister also confirmed to reporters that two people in Port Harcourt have contracted the Ebola Virus disease.


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