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Spouses of Ebola victims test positive to the virus

22/08/2014 20:51

The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said that there are two new confirmed cases of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.

At a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday morning, he said the confirmed cases had had secondary contact with the index case, the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer.

He said, "The two patients are spouses of those that had primary contacts with Sawyer. They are among the secondary contacts that have been under surveillance.

"This now brings to four the total number of Ebola patients currently under treatment at the isolation ward.

"This also means that the total number of cases of EVD so far reported in the country is now 14."

The minister also noted that five people have died of the viral disease in Nigeria while the number of those successfully managed and discharged also stands at five.

He stated that the Federal Government was working with the Lagos State Government and other partners to maintain vigilance and strengthen containment activities.


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