FG places 139 people on Ebola surveillance [DETAILS]

by Kolapo Olapoju


According to the Federal Government, 139 people have been placed under surveillance following their alleged contact with the Liberian victim of the deadly Ebola virus.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Chukwu Onyebuchi, disclosed this at a press briefing on Friday, 8 August, in Lagos, where he also announced that two new cases of Ebola infection had been recorded in Lagos,making it a total of nine cases recorded in Nigeria so far.

He said, “The total number of cases, as of this morning, (Friday) stands at nine out of which eight are Nigerians and one American-Liberian.

“Out of the nine confirmed cases, seven are alive and are receiving treatment In Lagos,” he said. He also noted that the fatality rate so far in Nigeria was between 30 to 26 per cent, adding that the rate in all other ECOWAS countries stood at 65 per cent.

“I am saying this to enlighten people that having Ebola does not mean you have been condemned to death, survivors have been recorded.”

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