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Nigerian Nurse Dies of Ebola in Lagos

A Nigerian health official wearing a protective mask waits to screen passengers at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A Nigerian health official wearing a protective mask waits to screen passengers at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa’s most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

(AllAfrica.com) Abuja, Lagos — It was a solemn atmosphere in Abuja Wednesday as the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, and his Information counterpart, Labaran Maku, disclosed that five other Nigerians including medical personnel had contacted the Ebola virus. They were all infected by the late Patrick Sawyer.

In all, Nigeria has now recorded seven cases of the disease. These include two cases, consisting of the Liberian and the nurse, who are dead. The other five cases are being tested at an isolation ward in Lagos State.

The minister told reporters: “Yesterday, August 5, 2014, the first known Nigerian to die of the Ebola Virus Disease was recorded and this was one of the nurses that attended to the Liberian. The other five cases are currently being treated.

“It is pertinent to note that all the Nigerians diagnosed of the EVD were primary contacts of the index case. The 24/7 emergency operations centre which I intimated you of in my last press conference will be fully functional by tomorrow.

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