Nigeria reports 2 new Ebola infections, outbreak spreads

Kano - Two more people have been infected with Ebola in Nigeria, the authorities say, bringing the total number of cases there to nine as the outbreak spreads through West Africa.

All the infected patients are in hospital in Lagos, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu announced late on Sunday.

Two people have died of Ebola in Nigeria.

The country has banned the transport of corpses across national and state borders, in an attempt to halt an outbreak that has killed almost 1 000 people in West Africa.

People who die of Ebola will have to be buried in the community where they die. The ruling will especially affect the families of Nigerians dying in Ebola-affected Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, the health ministry said.

Another West African country, Senegal, has meanwhile reported its first suspected Ebola case, in the nation's north. The patient is a 27-year-old Malian.

A total of 1 779 Ebola cases and 961 deaths have been reported so far, according to the WHO.

There is no cure for Ebola, which is transmitted through blood and other body fluids. There is no proven vaccine against the disease.

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Christina Setloboko 2014/08/11 12:51:17 PM
My goodness, this is really worrying now. please somebody find cure.
Sarah Stanton 2014/08/11 01:31:06 PM
1:2:9 - the rate of infection in Nigeria as reported. Carrying those figures forward will progress to 1:2:9:38:162:689:2928:12444:52887:224770 etc - a progression of 4.25 new infections per carrier, every 8 days. The horse has bolted. In a country the size of Nigeria, in 80 days, a potential infection spread of 224770. Wildfire.
Evelyn Awosika 2014/08/11 04:43:29 PM
Sawyer from media reports apparently deliberately infected the healthcare workers who treated him in Lagos with the EVD. He first denied he had come into contact with anybody who had or ever had EVD. When his results came back positive, he became irate and deliberately sprayed body fluid at those present who unfortunately included one of nurses who has since died from an infection of EVD. Media reports also report that Mr Sawyer escaped from quarantine to board the flight that eventually took him to Lagos.
Orleans Sindane 2014/08/11 05:51:02 PM
Apparently someone is being treated right now at Steve Biko academic with symptoms of Ebola. He is being treated in casualty.
Anthoula Joshua 2014/08/11 06:32:50 PM
Although more people die in Africa from Aids and Aids related illnesses, as well as Malaria, this is scary. There is no cure for Ebola haemorrhagic fever. It's a cruel end that comes within days. Patients grow feverish and weak, suffering through body aches, vomiting, diarrhoea and internal bleeding, sometimes bleeding from the nose and ears. The damage can spiral far beyond the patients themselves. Because it's spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of sick patients, Ebola takes an especially harsh toll on doctors and nurses, already in short supply in areas of Africa hit by the disease.
Prosper Chivange 2014/08/11 09:36:46 PM
let us all pray the lord for he shall sent messengers with deep knowledge to invent real treatment of all incurable deseases. amen