Nigeria Ebola patient hid from government

Abuja - A man who contracted Ebola in Nigeria after coming into contact with a traveller from Liberia evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died, Nigerian health authorities announced on Thursday.

The death was the first in Nigeria outside Lagos, the commercial capital. The incident raises the number of confirmed cases in the country to 15, including six deaths.

Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told reporters the man who evaded surveillance has recovered and is now being watched in Lagos. The wife of the doctor who treated him in Port Harcourt is also now being quarantined after she developed symptoms of the deadly disease.

The man is a worker at the Economic Community of West African States, who was a primary contact of Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into Lagos last month and died of Ebola. He recovered after the late doctor treated him for symptoms.

The doctor died on Friday in Port Harcourt and hasn't been buried yet, the minister said, adding that morticians who embalmed him are part of 70 people now under surveillance in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state and a hub for Nigeria's oil industry. The country is Africa's largest oil producer.

Nigeria doesn't share land borders with the three other Ebola-affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and the first case arrived into Lagos by air.

The disease has killed more than 1 400 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and Doctors Without Borders warned that the tremendous influx of patients in Liberia, in particular, is overwhelming their treatment centres there.

SunshinyDay 2014/08/28 01:06:08 PM
I can only understand how scary it must be, to get Ebola and know there is a good chance of dying. However, these people need to stop being selfish and go to the designated Ebola hospital when they start displaying signs (instead of running). For every one person that runs, they could be infections countless people. This disease is never going to get under control unless they take responsibility and go to the right people.
Nkosingiphile Ngubane 2014/08/28 01:07:25 PM
The selfishness of people!!! He get's to live while the poor doctor who treated him died.
David Mokoena 2014/08/28 01:44:49 PM
Now is time for South Africa to close boarders with Nigeria as well before is too late, otherwise sunnyside will soon have an Ebola infected person and the rest us history.
Nkosingiphile Ngubane 2014/08/28 01:57:41 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if someone here in SA somewhere has Ebola an is currently hiding
lskosana3 2014/08/28 02:06:42 PM
Sunnyside and JHB CBD scare me
Joel Mabeke 2014/08/28 02:14:20 PM
Sunnyside definately sure there is one.
Charl Charl 2014/08/29 08:13:06 AM
Whey always African countries I feel very sorry for our white people with this government it will get worse. All our good doctors left the country what now I hope they will find the right medicine to stop ebola desease. All we can do is to pray that God stop this disease.