Nigerian minister says nurse died of Ebola

Abuja - A Nigerian nurse has died of Ebola and the country has five other confirmed cases of the disease, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said on Wednesday.

The nurse had treated a man who flew into Lagos and later died of Ebola last month, Chukwu said in a statement handed to reporters in Abuja, the capital.

He said the five confirmed Ebola patients are being treated in isolation in Lagos, sub-Saharan Africa's largest city with 21 million people.

The five with the disease had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer who was sick when he flew into Lagos and died five days later on 25 July.

Authorities are now following up with others who had contact with Sawyer to see if they are showing Ebola symptoms.

Chukwu said officials are setting up an emergency centre in Lagos to deal with Ebola which will be "fully functional" on Thursday.

"We are embarking on recruiting additional health personnel to strengthen the team who are currently managing the situation in Lagos", said his statement.

He said special tents would be used to speed up the establishment of isolation wards in all of Nigeria's states.

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Proudly Viljoon 2014/08/06 03:49:08 PM
With Nigerians in and out of SA we should be scared
Jaco Beukes 2014/08/06 03:55:38 PM
This Virus needs to get contained....
Alice Pretorius 2014/08/06 04:13:36 PM
Close or borders.
Euraw Birdman 2014/08/06 05:06:38 PM
A space habitat is needed.
Diai Charles 2014/08/06 09:21:24 PM
This nurse ,is she married, where does her husband work and has she any children and relatives living with her.who are the friends and contact within the period in question etc