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Sawyer’s Final Hours In Lagos: ‘Indiscipline’, Rage, Strange
Rodney D. Sieh, rodney.sieh@frontpageafricaonline.com
31 July 2014

Former Finance Ministry Consultant who died from Ebola had an ‘Indiscipline’ Encounter with Nurses after being told he had Ebola; He denied making contact with any suspected case and ran amok when Medical Authorities at the First Consultants Hospital in Lagos tried to contain him; A last-ditch Evacuation effort was blocked by ECOWAS and the Nigerian government, FrontPageAfrica has learned

Lagos, Nigeria - Barely 24 hours before his death, Patrick Sawyer had a rather strange - and in the words of medical and diplomatic sources here, “Indiscipline” encounter with nurses and health workers at First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of Lagos, a population of some 21 million inhabitants, FrontPageAfrica has learned.

Looking to get to the bottom of Sawyer’s strange ailment on the Asky Airline flight, which Sawyer transferred on in Togo, hospital officials say, he was tested for both malaria and HIV AIDS. However, when both tests came back negative, he was then asked whether he had made contact with any person with the Ebola Virus, to which Sawyer denied. Sawyer’s sister, Princess had died of the deadly virus on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. On Friday, July 25, 2014, 18 days later, Sawyer died in Lagos.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that the average incubation period for suspected cases or someone who has made contact with an Ebola patient is eight to ten days from exposure to onset of symptoms. The range is from two to 21 days. “That's why we recommend that contacts of an infected person go on a fever watch for 21 days,” says Stephan Monroe, deputy director of CDC's National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, at a briefing Monday.

‘Against Medical Advice’

Since the first report surfaced in March, there have been more than 1,201 cases reported and unfortunately 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the CDC says. “This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa. It’s a rapidly changing situation and we expect there will be more cases in these countries in the coming weeks and months. The response to this outbreak will be more of a marathon than a sprint.”

Back in Lagos, authorities at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende decided that despite Sawyer’s denial, they would test him for Ebola, due to the fact that he had just arrived from Liberia, where there has been an outbreak of the disease with more than 100 deaths.

The hospital issued a statement this week stating that Sawyer was quarantined immediately after he was discovered to have been infected with the deadly virus. In addition, a barrier nursing was implemented around Sawyer and the Lagos State Ministry of Health was immediately notified. Hospital authorities also requested the Federal Ministry of Health for additional laboratory test based on its suspicion of Ebola.

FrontPageAfrica has now learned that upon being told he had Ebola, Mr. Sawyer went into a rage, denying and objecting to the opinion of the medical experts. “He was so adamant and difficult that he took the tubes from his body and took off his pants and urinated on the health workers, forcing them to flee.

The hospital would later report that it resisted immense pressure to let out Sawyer from its hospital against the insistence from some higher-ups and conference organizers that he had a key role to play at the ECOWAS convention in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. In fact, FrontPageAfrica has been informed that officials in Monrovia were in negotiations with ECOWAS to have Sawyer flown back to Liberia.

A text message in possession of FrontPageAfrica from the ECOWAS Ambassador in Liberia, responding to a senior GoL official reads: Your Excellency, the disease control department of the Federal Ministry of Health just contacted me through the hospital now, insisting that Mr. Sawyer be evacuated for now. Pls advise urgently.”

LUTH Lab positive on Ebola

First Consultants said that it then went further to reach senior officials in the Office of the Secretary of Health of the USA who assisted it with contacts at the Centre for Disease Control and W.H.O Regional Laboratory Centre in Senegal. According to the hospital, the initial results from LUTH laboratory showed a signal of possible Ebola virus, but required confirmation.

The First Consultants statement noted that it was able to obtain confirmation of Ebola virus disease, (Zaire strain) after working with the state, federal and international agencies. Sawyer was pronounced dead at 6:50 AM Nigeria time, on July 25 and all agencies were properly notified.

Once the case was officially confirmed, the hospital was temporarily shut down and in-house patients immediately evacuated. Sawyer’s body was subsequently cremated under W.H.O guidelines and witnessed by all appropriate agencies, according to the hospital statement. “In keeping with W.H.O guidelines, the hospital is shut down briefly as full decontamination exercise is currently in progress. The re-opening of the hospital will also be in accordance with its guidelines”, the hospital said.

In the aftermath of Sawyer’s death, both federal and state authorities in Lagos have instituted measures to curb the spread of the disease and quarantining all those who came in contact with Sawyer.

In total, Sawyer reportedly came in direct contact with 59 persons, 44 of whom were at the hospital he was taken to when he fell ill, according to the Lagos State government. The Lagos state government clarified in a statement Monday that Ms. Obi-Nnadozie, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Liberia was not among the 15 people at the airport who had had direct contact with Mr. Sawyer before his death as was initially believed.

Ashes Returned to Liberia

However, it has been reported that Sawyer came in contact with three ECOWAS officials – a driver, a liaison officer and a protocol officer. Also in the list are two nursing staff and five airport handlers.

Dr. Jide Idris, the Lagos State Health Commissioner, told a news conference this week that 20 per cent of those that came in contact with the deceased had been physically screened. “The private hospital (First Consultants Medical Centre) was demobilized and primary source of infection eliminated. The patient has been cremated and the ash will be transferred to the Liberian government whenever the need arises. Decontamination process in all affected areas has commenced,” Dr. Idris said.

In the aftermath of Sawyer’s death, diplomatic, ECOWAS and medical authorities here are baffled over Sawyer’s deception, especially armed with new information that his sister, Princess had died of the deadly virus and his denial. Finance Ministry sources in Monrovia are in quiet murmur over what they feel was a letdown by Sawyer for not being forthcoming with his peers he worked with.

The ministry has since been temporarily shut down and those who came in contact with Sawyer are on a 21-day forced incubation monitoring process. "All senior officials coming in direct or indirect contact with Mr. Sawyer has been placed on the prescribed 21 days of observatory surveillance," the ministry said in a statement this week.

FrontPageAfrica has now learnt that Sawyer exhibited similar indiscipline behavior during his sister’s stay at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia where she was taken because he noticed she was bleeding profusely and was later found to be a victim of Ebola.

‘Indiscipline’ Sawyer, EJS Says

Sawyer was seen with blood on his clothing after his sister’s death and had earlier demanded that she be placed in a private room. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf cited indiscipline and disrespect as a key reason why Sawyer contracted the Ebola virus. She said his failure to heed medical advice put the lives of other residents across the nation’s border at risk.

A disease which now claimed more than a hundred Liberians has now forced the Sirleaf-lead government to shut down the borders, schools and a host of other measures to ensure that the disease does not get out of hand, including a US$5 million initial contribution to begin the immediate implementation of this plan. “Our immediate strategy is to contain the spread, care for the afflicted with the goal of “No New Cases”,” Sirleaf told the nation in an address Wednesday. FrontPageAfrica has learned that the Ministry of Health is requesting US$20 million to combat the disease.

In addition, the President has mandated that all non-essential staff, to be determined by the Minister or Head of Agency, are to be placed on a 30-day compulsory leave and Friday, August 1, is declared a non-working day and is to be used for the disinfection and chlorination of all public facilities.

“All borders that are to remain opened are to be directly supervised and controlled by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization whose duties it shall be, working with the assigned health authorities, to ensure strict adherence to announce preventive measures including preliminary testing for fever. Without exceptions, all schools are ordered closed pending further directive from the Ministry of Education. All markets at border areas including Foya, Bo Waterside, and Ganta are hereby ordered closed until further notice.

But despite the measures put in place by Liberia, the effect of Sawyer’s ‘indiscipline has already taken a toll. ASKY, the Pan-African airline ASKY on which Sawyer flew, has suspended all flights to and from Monrovia and Sierra Leone as has other regional carriers, Arik Air and Gambia Bird dealing a huge blow to commercial aviation.

Linger Questions Over Behavior

Back in Monrovia, Samaritan Purse, the U.S. missionary group helping to treat Ebola patients is scaling down, announcing Wednesday, plans to evacuate nonessential personnel given the five-month-old outbreak is worsening as the fate of two Americans infected with the Ebola hang in the balance on hope and prayers.

For Sawyer, questions are lingering over his behavior, both at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia and the First Consultants in Lagos and what led him to behave the way he did. More importantly diplomatic observers here are puzzled over his demise: The timing and behavior. A few persons who spoke to Sawyer, including FrontPageAfrica reported that he sounded fine hours before his death. It is unclear what pushed him to the wall and why?

As for the other eight members of the delegation that flew to Lagos, along with Sawyer, diplomatic sources in Lagos confirmed to FrontPageAfrica Wednesday that they were all checked and told to report to the Ministry of Health in Monrovia upon their arrival. It is unclear how close they were to Sawyer or whether authorities in Monrovia have begun monitoring them as the clock ticks on the recommended 21-day incubation period.

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Oops! Double post. I searched for it by the author's name, and nothing came up.

Oh well, it was an interesting one, especially the part about Sawyer urinating on the health care workers.

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Nigerian doctor who treated Ebola patient infected with virus, 8 others quarantined

 Tuesday, August 05, 2014  7  Breaking News, Latest News in Nigeria


The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday said one of the doctors that treated the Liberian-born American, Patrick Sawyer, who died of the Ebola disease, had contracted the virus.

Chukwu made this known in Abuja as Reuters news agency quoted the Geneva-based World Health Organisation as saying in a statement that Nigeria had four cases, of which three were classed as ‘probable’ Ebola and one as ‘suspected.’

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak, according to WHO, rose from 729 to 887 by August 1. The total number of cases in the four West African countries affected is now 1,603.

Sawyer, who arrived at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos on July 20, died at an Obalende hospital five days after.

Chukwu said, ‘‘This is now the second case of Ebola virus disease in Nigeria. This victim is one of the doctors who attended to the patient who brought Ebola virus to Nigeria.’’

He also told journalists in Abuja that ‘‘about eight other persons who came into contact with Sawyer, and who had developed the Ebola symptoms, had been quarantined while 70 others were under surveillance.’’

The minister said, “All those who came into contact with the late Sawyer depending on the level of contact are still being traced and being invited every day and they are placed under surveillance just to ensure that the spread of disease is curtailed.”

He added that the Federal Government was currently reinforcing the technical working group on Ebola to include 35 state governments. Lagos State already has a TWG.

The minister allayed the fears being expressed by the public about the corpses that were brought into Anambra and Imo states from some countries which already had records of the deadly disease.

He said, “Medical records have proved that the corpse taken to Imo State was not carrying Ebola while test is being carried out on the one taken to Anambra State.

‘‘We are collaborating with all the state governments to establish isolation wards for persons proven symptomatic to Ebola and a 24- hour emergency operation centre.”

The minister also on Monday inaugurated an Ebola Treatment and Research Group with a mandate to carry out an extensive research into the Ebola virus.

Chukwu said the group would receive and verify claims on Ebola cure; collate and analyse researches on the virus and advise the government as may be appropriate.

The group, according to the minister, has the Director – General of the Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development and the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research as chairmen.

He added that the Nigerian researcher, who had found evidence of Bitter Kola inhibiting the growth of Ebola virus, Prof. Maurice Iwu ,and the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control are also members of the group. Iwu was also a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Chukwu said, “Although the research on bitter kola was not concluded, no progress can be made without research. For now, there is no scientifically proven vaccine or drug for the treatment of Ebola.”

He assured the public that the Federal Government was doing everything to stop the outbreak of the disease but enjoined everybody to embrace good hygiene by constantly washing their hands.

Also on Monday, the President of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, Dr. Steven Oluwole, said that only one authentic case of Ebola had been documented in Nigeria.

He added that “the risk to all contacts of the case are theoretically unlikely to be uniform.”

Oluwole stressed the need for tracing, screening, follow-up on all contacts and effective control at Nigerian borders as means of checking the spread of the virus.

He described the virus as “a filovirus, which is transmitted to humans from contact with infected wild animals, or consumption of their raw or undercooked meat.”

The scientist listed the susceptible animals as fruit bats, monkeys, chimpanzees and antelopes.

He noted that human to human transmission primarily occurs through contact with body fluids of infected persons, adding that skin and mucous membranes are the main routes of entry.

Infected doctor is not dead –FG

Just minutes after Chukwu and Oluwole spoke, there were rumours that the doctor who treated Sawyer had died.

The rumour was quickly dismissed by the Director, Centre for Disease Control, Abuja, Prof. Abdulsalami Nasidi.

Nasidi told journalists in Lagos that the doctor had been quarantined and was presently receiving treatment .

He said, ,”We will not be able to release the name of the new contact; but we know that the person is a doctor and a female. The patient is not dead. She is alive. Experts from the local and international organisations are attending to the patient.”

Lagos plans another isolation centre, may isolate 10 people

In Lagos, NE gathered that the state government had begun renovating another centre at the Mainland Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba , to isolate and accommodate some of the people that had direct contact with the late Sawyer.

A reliable source, who is also on the team of experts monitoring the testing and surveillance of persons who came into contact with Sawyer, said the building would give more room for them to contain possible infections.

He said, “ We are presently renovating another building at the hospital, so that we can isolate more contacts. This is now important with the recent development. We need to increase vigilance on surveillance on persons who came in contact with him.

“For now, we are looking at isolating at least 10 people that had first contact with him (Sawyer). This is in line with the stated guidelines for the monitoring of the virus by the World Health Organisation.”

The source added that the state government might earmark the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, as another hospital for isolated persons.

It was learnt that this caused panic among health workers and patients at LASUTH.

A nurse who spoke on condition of anonymity with one of our correspondents, expressed fears that the plan might lead to an outbreak of the disease in the hospital.

She said, “We have been told that it is possible that they may bring in more people that came into contact with him (Sawyer) here. We are scared that LASUTH may not be the best place to bring anybody who may have contracted an highly infectious disease like Ebola. There is too much exposure for us, the health workers and other patients who come to the hospital.”

Earlier, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, appealed to striking doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association to call off their strike and join the government to fight the Ebola virus.

He said the government would be offering incentives to any health worker who volunteered to work with the team of doctors treating any infected person.

Idris said, “ We also welcome volunteers from the health profession and those who do so shall be given incentives. We also appeal to residents to support the government in fighting the scourge by being cautious.

‘‘As of today, one person out of the eight people who came into contact with the late victim of Ebola has tested positive. The state has established isolation and treatment centre for the patient.

“The members of staff at this centre have also been trained on how to treat and handle patients under their care. The hospital is also provided with enough facilities to ensure that the officials and other patients do not contact the virus.

“The patients under our surveillance were those who came into contact with the late Liberian-American. And the rapid response team has been in communication with these patients who developed fever and other symptoms.

“We will not stop in tracking all those who came into contact with Mr. Sawyer. They remain in isolation until the confirmatory results are in and those who test positive for the virus will remain in isolation until they are no longer infectious.”

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West Africa: Lagos Panics As Ebola Spreads in West Africa

Lagos residents were yesterday jolted by the news that the doctor who attended to the now late Patrick Sawyer - the man credited with bringing Ebola virus disease (EVD) to Nigeria - has contracted the virus.

The Lagos State government yesterday said a medical doctor (name withheld), one of the eight people who had direct contact with the late Liberian/American, has tested positive to EVD.

This was revealed at a press briefing held at the Central Public Health Laboratory Services, Yaba, Lagos, which was addressed by the commissioner for health, Dr Jide Idris, and the director, Nigeria Centre for Decease Control, Abuja, Professor Abdulsalami Nasidi.

The state commissioner for health said the newly infected person is one of the female doctors at the health facility where Sawyer was being treated before he died.

Idris said she may have contracted the deadly decease before it was discovered that he was carrying EVD.

He said: "As at today, one person out of the eight people who had direct contact with the late victim of Ebola has tested positive. The state has established isolation and treatment centre to hospitalise this patient.

"The staff at this centre have also been trained on how to treat and handle the patients under their care. The hospital is also provided with enough facilities to ensure that the officials and other patients do not contact the virus."

Also speaking, Professor Nasidi said the state and the federal government were doing everything to curb the spread of the decease, even as he dispelled the rumour making the rounds that the infected patient was already dead.

Our correspondents observed that many Lagosians, already jittery, were seen in groups discussing the development which they affirmed spells doom for the densely populated state.

Civil servants who spoke with our correspondents expressed fear that the development could lead to rapid spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic in the state.

Dr Peter Omole, a physician working in a Lagos healthcare facility, said: "That is the risk healthcare workers face in the course of doing their job . It is part of the hazard of the occupation. By that singular encounter, his household could be wiped out."

He urged the Nigeria government to urgently establish Ebola treatment centres in place to respond to emergencies that may arise.

FG confirms incident, inaugurates committee on research, cure

The minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, who also confirmed that the Lagos-based doctor who attended to the American/Liberian man, has tested positive to Ebola virus disease stated yesterday in Abuja that "about eight other persons who came in contact with the Liberian that developed symptoms have been quarantined while 70 others are under surveillance".

He refused to divulge the doctor's name, saying that they were yet to inform the family as at the time of the press briefing.

Chukwu said that the federal government was reinforcing the technical working group on Ebola to embrace the 36 state governments and not just Lagos alone.

He also used the occasion to douse public fears about the corpses that were brought into Anambra and Imo states from abroad, saying that "medical records have proved that the Imo corpse was not carrying Ebola while a test is being carried out on the Anambra corpse".

"We are collaborating with all the state governments to establish isolation wards for persons proven to be symptomatic to Ebola and a 24-hour emergency operation centre," he said.

Meanwhile, the federal government has inaugurated an Ebola treatment and research group with the mandate to carry out research on Ebola, and receive and verify claims towards curing Ebola.

The committee is also to collate and analyse researches on Ebola while advising government as may be appropriate.

The group has the director-general, Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), and the director-general of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) as chairmen.

The Nigerian US-based researcher who had found evidence of bitter kola inhibiting the growth of the Ebola virus in a laboratory, Professor Maurice Iwu, and the director-general of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control are also members of the group, among others.

Prof. Chukwu said, "Though the research on bitter kola was not concluded, no progress can be made without research. For now, there is no scientifically proven vaccine or drug for the treatment of Ebola."

Meanwhile, in a bid to forestall any outbreak of the dreaded disease, the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Health has opened a website where relevant information on Ebola, can be surfed. The address is www.ebolaalert.org; twitter handles @ebolaalert, @ebolainfofmohng; and email to ebolainfo@health.gov.ng. Similarly, it has also released toll-free lines: 0800 EBOLA HELP (08000 33652 4357).

Death toll from Ebola in West Africa hits 887

The total death toll from the disease in several West Africa, countries has shot up by more than 150 to 887, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

Most of the newly reported deaths occurred in Liberia, where on Monday night a special plane to evacuate a second American missionary who fell ill with Ebola landed in the capital. Nancy Writebol is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday, where she will be treated at a special isolation ward.

Health authorities in Liberia ordered that all those who die from Ebola be cremated after communities resisted having the bodies buried nearby. Over the weekend, military police were called in after people tried to block health authorities in the West African nation from burying 22 bodies on the outskirts of the capital, Monrovia.

The World Health Organization announced Monday that the death toll has increased from 729 to 887 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

Nigerian health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the confirmed second case in his country is a doctor who had helped treat Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American man who died July 25, days after arriving in Nigeria from Liberia.

Test samples are pending for three other people who also treated Sawyer and now have shown symptoms of Ebola, he said. Authorities are trying to trace and quarantine others.

"Hopefully, by the end of today we should have the results of their own tests," Chukwu said.

The emergence of a second case raises serious concerns about the infection control practices in Nigeria, and also raises the spectre that more cases could emerge. It can take up to 21 days after exposure to the virus for symptoms to appear. They include fever, sore throat, muscle pains and headaches. Often nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea follow, along with severe internal and external bleeding in advanced stages of the disease.

"This fits exactly with the pattern that we've seen in the past. Either someone gets sick and infects their relatives, or goes to a hospital and health workers get sick," said Gregory Hartl, World Health Organization spokesman in Geneva. "It's extremely unfortunate but it's not unexpected. This was a sick man getting off a plane and, unfortunately, no one knew he had Ebola."



Doctors and other health workers on the front lines of the Ebola crisis have been among the most vulnerable to infection as they are in direct physical contact with patients. The disease is not airborne, and only transmitted through contact with bodily fluids such as saliva, blood, vomit, sweat or faeces.

Sawyer, who was travelling to Nigeria on business, became ill while aboard a flight and Nigerian authorities immediately took him into isolation upon arrival in Lagos. They did not quarantine his fellow passengers, and have insisted that the risk of additional cases was minimal.

Nigerian authorities said a total of 70 people are under surveillance and that they hoped to have eight people in quarantine by the end of Monday in an isolation ward in Lagos. The emergence there is particularly worrisome because Lagos is the largest city in Africa with some 21 million people.

Health officials rely on "contact tracing" -- locating anyone who may have been exposed, and then anyone who may have come into contact with that person.

Ben Neuman, a virologist and Ebola expert at Britain's University of Reading, said that could prove difficult at this stage.

"Contact tracing is essential but it's very hard to get enough people to do that," he said. "For the average case, you want to look back and catch the 20-30 people they had closest contact with and that takes a lot of effort and legwork ... The most important thing now is to do the contact tracing and quarantine any contacts who may be symptomatic."

US airports to quarantine victims - White House

The White House insists the U.S. government is fully prepared to deal with the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa -- even if that means quarantining sick passengers at airports.

"We are in a position to ensure that public health is protected. If [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] officers do recognize an individual who appears to be exhibiting some of these symptoms, there are facilities at these ports of entry -- at these airports -- where these individuals can be quarantined and evaluated by medical personnel," the White House's press secretary, Josh Earnest, said during his daily media briefing.

However, Earnest also listed a number of reasons the American public should not be panicking about the Ebola virus potentially reaching U.S. shores. Notably, the virus is not especially contagious before sick individuals display the grisly symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding inside and outside the body.

"It's important for the public to understand that the reason that it's important to identify the symptoms is you're not contagious unless you exhibit the symptoms of this disease. That's what differentiates it from the common cold or the flu," he said. "It's also important for people to understand that this disease is not transmitted through the air, it's not transmitted through the water, and it would not be transmitted through the food here in the United States. That's why the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has assessed that there is no significant risk to the United States from this current Ebola outbreak."

Earnest also said there was a rigorous screening process before and after passengers from the affected African countries enter the U.S.

"It's important to understand that there's a screening process that individuals have to go through when they board aircraft departing countries where this outbreak has been reported. There's additional screening that occurs when individuals starting in that region of the world arrive in this country," he said.

Ebola: US secret service didn't screen Jonathan - Adefuye

The Nigerian embassy in Washington, DC, on Monday expressed its displeasure over a media report which had said that President Goodluck Jonathan was among the African leaders that were screened by the US secret service for Ebola fever.

Reacting to the report, the Nigeria's ambassador to the United States, Prof. Adebowale Adefuye, said that the report was fake, adding that it was also the figment of the writer's imagination.

Adefuye, who reacted in a statement sent to our correspondent, said he wondered where the writer got "his fake" information that the president would or had been screened for Ebola virus by the US secret service.

The Nigerian envoy pressed further that President Jonathan arrived with his delegation since Sunday and neither he (Jonathan) nor any member of his entourage was screened for the virus or any reason.

Reacting to the development, US president Mr Barrack Obama made it known that some international guests were screened for Ebola fever to ensure maximum safety for everyone attending the three-day summit. The US leader, however, didn't mention President Jonathan or anyone from his entourage as part of those that were screened.

Obama specifically mentioned Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as the West African countries where Ebola is ravaging populations, adding that screening would be done for guests from these countries that have even a marginal risk, or an infinitesimal risk of having been exposed in some fashion.

Meanwhile, the US government has worked with international partners to ensure that no one who may be ill or exposed to the virus will attend the summit, and, in addition to screening at ports of entry, health officials will be available to provide medical care to all attendees.

US won't turn back flights from Africa over Ebola fears

The United States on Monday said that it would not turn back any flight from West Africa over the fears of Ebola fever, stressing that precautions were in place to ensure public safety.

Speaking at a press conference in Washington, DC, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said that there were in place a lot of precautions to ensure the safety of the American public and the travelling public.

Asked if the administration would block flights from the affected countries, he said, "No, not at this point."

The comments follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) allowing airlines to deny boarding to passengers who are exhibiting Ebola symptoms.

The CDC has also stepped up training for customs and border patrol personnel in order to identify people who should be quarantined for the illness.

Earnest noted that people leaving the affected countries must undergo screening before departure and then again upon arrival in the United States.

We are in a position to ensure the public health is protected, he said.

The Obama administration is under pressure to describe its response to Ebola, which has killed nearly 900 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since March.

Experts have described the outbreak as the worst on record and say it is still growing despite efforts to contain the virus.

Although two Americans have contracted the disease in West Africa, there is no evidence that Ebola is active and unidentified on U.S. soil, according to the CDC.

The CDC has assessed that there is no significant risk to the United States from the current Ebola outbreak, Earnest said.

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360NEWS August 5, 2014 posted by KingFemii
Lagos female doctor contracts Ebola virus

Lagos female doctor contracts Ebola virus
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday said one of the doctors that treated the Liberian-born American, Patrick Sawyer, who died of the Ebola disease, had contracted the virus.

Chukwu made this known in Abuja as Reuters news agency quoted the Geneva-based World Health Organisation as saying in a statement that Nigeria had four cases, of which three were classed as ‘probable’ Ebola and one as ‘suspected.’

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak, according to WHO, rose from 729 to 887 by August 1. The total number of cases in the four West African countries affected is now 1,603.

Sawyer, who arrived at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos on July 20, died at an Obalende hospital five days after.

Chukwu said, ‘‘This is now the second case of Ebola virus disease in Nigeria. This victim is one of the doctors who attended to the patient who brought Ebola virus to Nigeria.’’

He also told journalists in Abuja that ‘‘about eight other persons who came into contact with Sawyer, and who had developed the Ebola symptoms, had been quarantined while 70 others were under surveillance.’’

The minister said, “All those who came into contact with the late Sawyer depending on the level of contact are still being traced and being invited every day and they are placed under surveillance just to ensure that the spread of disease is curtailed.”

He added that the Federal Government was currently reinforcing the technical working group on Ebola to include 35 state governments. Lagos State already has a TWG.

The minister allayed the fears being expressed by the public about the corpses that were brought into Anambra and Imo states from some countries which already had records of the deadly disease.

He said, “Medical records have proved that the corpse taken to Imo State was not carrying Ebola while test is being carried out on the one taken to Anambra State.

‘‘We are collaborating with all the state governments to establish isolation wards for persons proven symptomatic to Ebola and a 24- hour emergency operation centre.”

The minister also on Monday inaugurated an Ebola Treatment and Research Group with a mandate to carry out an extensive research into the Ebola virus.

Chukwu said the group would receive and verify claims on Ebola cure; collate and analyse researches on the virus and advise the government as may be appropriate.

The group, according to the minister, has the Director – General of the Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development and the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research as chairmen.

He added that the Nigerian researcher, who had found evidence of Bitter Kola inhibiting the growth of Ebola virus, Prof. Maurice Iwu ,and the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control are also members of the group. Iwu was also a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Chukwu said, “Although the research on bitter kola was not concluded, no progress can be made without research. For now, there is no scientifically proven vaccine or drug for the treatment of Ebola.”

He assured the public that the Federal Government was doing everything to stop the outbreak of the disease but enjoined everybody to embrace good hygiene by constantly washing their hands.

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Lagos has eight suspected Ebola cases, one confirmed: Nigerian health official
LAGOS Tue Aug 5, 2014 7:05pm IST

(Reuters) - Lagos has eight suspected cases of Ebola, all in people who came into contact with Nigeria's first victim who died last month, the health commissioner said on Tuesday, with one case confirmed.

Authorities have been monitoring anyone who came into close contact with Patrick Sawyer, a Liberia and U.S. citizen who died of Ebola in Lagos last month shortly after arriving at the airport. The second confirmed case was a doctor who looked after him.

Health Commissioner Jide Idris also said a further six people who had made contact with Sawyer had been quarantined but were not showing symptoms.

(Reporting by Oludare Mayowa; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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MSNBC cites 8 "confirmed" Ebola cases in Nigeria (they may have meant "quarantined")?

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Nigeria Considers U.S. Experimental Ebola Drug for Sick Doctor

By Yinka Ibukun Aug 5, 2014 11:14 AM ET

Aug. 5 -- Bloomberg’s Yang Yang reports on U.S. Ebola patients treated with Zmapp experimental drug from Mapp Pharmaceuticals in San Diego. She speaks with Betty Liu on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Nigeria is considering applying for a dose of the experimental Ebola therapy given to two Americans to treat a Nigerian doctor who contracted the virus.

The female doctor who treated a Liberian victim of Ebola before he was diagnosed is receiving care in a hospital in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos, Jide Idris, the state’s commissioner for health, told reporters today in the city.

“We will exploit the possibility of getting some,” Idris said. “There are protocols involved.”

San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.’s experimental ZMapp drug had only been tested on infected animals before it was given to Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, U.S. health workers who were infected with the virus in Liberia.

The Nigerian doctor is the country’s only confirmed case of Ebola, which has sickened 1,603 people in West Africa, killing 887, according to the World Health Organization. Most of the cases are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Nigeria is monitoring another seven other people who came into contact with Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian government worker who died in a Lagos hospital on July 25, five days after flying into the country.

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy and its most populous nation of about 170 million people.

To contact the reporter on this story: Yinka Ibukun in Lagos at yibukun@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net Sarah McGregor, Dulue Mbachu
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MSNBC cites 8 "confirmed" Ebola cases in Nigeria (they may have meant "quarantined")?

Nigerian Official Says 7 More Show Ebola Symptoms

LAGOS, Nigeria — Aug 5, 2014, 1:21 PM ET

By MARAM MAZEN Associated Press

A total of eight people in Nigeria who were in direct contact with a man who flew to Lagos and died of Ebola now have symptoms of the dreaded and deadly disease and have been placed into quarantine, a Nigerian health official said Tuesday.

Of the eight, only a doctor who treated the traveler has so far tested positive for Ebola. The others are being tested, with results pending, said Lagos state health health commissioner Jide Idris.

The official death toll for the worst-ever outbreak for the disease stood on Monday at 887, according to the World Health Organization. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been affected much more severely than Nigeria, which has experienced only one death. Though as Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria poses a grave risk of the disease catching on like wildfire.

Most of the people in quarantine had made contact in a hospital in Lagos with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, Idris told reporters. Sawyer died on July 25, five days after arriving in Nigeria.

Others may have been infected in Lagos, a city with a population of about 21 million, before doctors suspected that Sawyer had Ebola. They put him in isolation about 24 hours after he arrived at the hospital.

"At that point in time, especially the first day, the nature of the disease was not known," said Idris.

During that window of time, it's possible more people got infected, he said as he defended the actions of health authorities.

"If they knew his history they probably would have taken better precautions," he said.

The eight quarantined people, who include the doctor, are among 14 who had "serious direct contact" with Sawyer, most of them at the hospital, Idris said. Authorities are following the conditions of a total of 70 people who had primary contact with Sawyer, and now they are tracking the secondary contacts of the eight people in quarantine, Idris said.

He said volunteers are needed to track down all the people who potential carriers of the disease had been in contact with.

The West African outbreak of Ebola started in March.

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Ebola virus hits Nigeria as Lagos has eight suspected cases
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Ebola outbreak: What is the deadly disease?
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Lagos has eight suspected cases of Ebola, all in people who came into contact with Nigeria's first victim who died last month, the health commissioner said on Tuesday, with one case confirmed.

Authorities have been monitoring anyone who came into close contact with Patrick Sawyer, a Liberia and U.S. citizen who died of Ebola in Lagos last month shortly after arriving at the airport.

The second confirmed case was a doctor who looked after him.

Health Commissioner Jide Idris also said a further six people who had made contact with Sawyer had been quarantined but were not showing symptoms.


Key stages of the Ebola virus
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(Reporting by Oludare Mayowa; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
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