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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:06 pm 
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Media reports cite confirmation of Ebola in doctor, Dr Iyke Sam Enemuo, who died Friday following treatment of a diplomat who was a contact of Patrick Sawyer. The confirmation in the doctors strongly suggests that his symptomatic wife is also infected. 100 primary and secondary contacts in Port Harcourt have been quarantined or placed on watch list.

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Rivers confirms case of Ebola death in PH

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BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT: RIVERS state government has confirmed the death of a medical doctor from Ebola virus.

Commissioner of Health, Dr Sampson Parker who broke the news Thursday in Port Harcourt said the late Dr Iyke Sam Enemuo died Friday last week from suspected Ebola virus, adding that a test on his corpse released yesterday confirmed that the deceased died from the virus.

He said the late Enemuo met a staff of Economic Community of West African states, Ecowas at a hotel in Port Harcourt, noting that the ECOWAS staff was on the team of those that received the index case, late Patrick. According to the Commissioner of Health, one week after the ECOWAS staff left Port Harcourt the late Dr Enemuo took ill and was admitted in a hospital.

The Commissioner, Dr Parker said the wife of late Dr Enemuo who is also a doctor had fallen sick and had been quarantined, adding that about 100 persons who had primary or secondary contact with the late Dr Enemuo had been placed on watchlist.

While appealing to residents of the state not to panic the Commissioner, Dr Parkar said adequate measures were in place to check the spread of the disease.

His words,: “My friends, brothers and sisters. The Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has directed me to make this solemn announcement to you.

And it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you that the ebola virus has claimed its first victim in Rivers State. Dr. Iyke Sam Enemuo died last week Friday, August 22, 2014 as a result of what was suspected to be ebola virus disease.

The Rivers State Ministry of Health on becoming aware of the conditions of his death, immediately commenced investigations and contact tracing.

As at today, about one hundred contacts from a hotel, patients of Dr. Enemuo and patients of the hospital where the late Enemuo was treated until his demise have been identified and restricted in Rivers State.

The locations are being decontaminated. I had promised to be open and candid with the public on our efforts to tackle the ebola virus.

From our investigations some facts have emerged. A staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the team that received late Dr. Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian American diplomat who died of ebola haemorrhagic disease in Lagos, Nigeria made a trip to Port Harcourt where he checked into a hotel and met with Dr. Iyke Sam Enemuo.

About a week after his departure, Dr. Iyke Enemuo took ill and was rushed to a hospital where he presented with symptoms of fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

In the course of treatment, the managing physician became suspicious and took samples for investigation. A few days after, Dr. Iyke Enemuo died on August 22, 2014. His body was deposited at a mortuary in Port Harcourt.

Dr. Iyke Enemuo’s widow, who is also a medical doctor and who cared for him during his illness has taken ill. She is being quarantined.

A few hours ago, results of the test carried out on samples taken from Dr. Enemuo came back and was positive of Ebola Viral disease.

The diplomat who was seen by late Dr. Iyke Enemuo is alive and well. I urge every Rivers State citizen and resident to remain calm and go about their normal businesses. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and avoid unnecessary body contacts till further notice.

The Government of Rivers State is doing everything possible to contain the effects and spread of the ebola virus. We have all the material and human resources we need to fight and defeat the deadly virus.

Officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and other international agencies are already here working with the state ministry of health. Together, I believe we can contain the ebola virus.

I shall continue to update you as more information become available. Thank you, stay safe and God bless.”

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Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria on Thursday said that a doctor had died from Ebola in the southeastern oil city of Port Harcourt in the first case of the deadly virus outside the country's biggest city, Lagos.

Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the medic died on August 22 after treating a patient who had contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to Nigeria and who died in a Lagos hospital on July 25.

"Following the report of this death by the doctor's widow the next day, the case had been thoroughly investigated and laboratory analysis showed that this doctor died from EVD (Ebola Virus Disease)," he told reporters in the capital Abuja.

The latest case brings to six the number of people who have died from the haemorrhagic fever in Nigeria. Fifteen people have now been confirmed to have the disease.

On Wednesday, Chukwu had said that the virus was contained as there were no cases outside Lagos but warned against complacency in fighting the disease.

News that a doctor died 435 kilometres (270 miles) away will raise fears about the spread of the virus, just as Nigerians began to think that they had stopped Ebola in its tracks.

Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state, is the centre of Nigeria's oil industry and home to a number of oil giants, including Anglo-Dutch giant Shell, France's Total and US firm Chevron.

Nigeria is Africa's largest oil producer, churning out roughly two million barrels a day, with crude accounting for more than 90 percent of its foreign exchange earnings.

Residents in Port Harcourt said they were shocked and scared by the arrival of Ebola and called on the state government to tackle the virus.

"Port Harcourt plays host to a lot of people, including foreigners. All efforts should be made to check the spread of the virus," said local student Lucy Ekeh.

Another ECOWAS official died of Ebola, the bloc announced on August 12.

His colleague saw the doctor who died in Port Harcourt in a city hotel room after showing Ebola-like symptoms, Rivers State health commissioner Sampson Parker said separately.

Chukwu added: "After four days, following a manhunt for him, he (the patient) returned to Lagos by which time he was found to be without symptoms.

"This case would have been of no further interest since he had completed the 21 days of surveillance without any other issue but for the fact that the doctor who treated him died last Friday."

Following the doctor's death, the minister said that several contacts had now been "traced, registered and placed under surveillance".

His widow, also a medical doctor, has shown symptoms of the virus and has been placed in isolation pending results of laboratory tests, he added.

"We don't know what the result will turn out to be but certainly if it turns out to be positive, it's likely we will move her to Lagos," the minister said.

Chukwu said that there were 70 people under surveillance in Port Harcourt, while six people were being watched in the eastern city of Enugu, where a nurse who treated Sawyer visited before displaying symptoms.

A treatment group has been in Port Harcourt since Wednesday morning and a mobile laboratory was being sent to the city this weekend, he added.

Parker said that the hotel had been decontaminated.

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Rivers doctor dies of Ebola
Thursday, 28 August 2014 15:42 Written by Kelvin Ebiri

THE enormity of the Ebola outbreak now pervades Port Harcourt following the death of a medical doctor, Ike Sam Enemuo, who allegedly contacted the virus from an Ebola patient he allegedly secretly treated.

The reported death of Mr. Enemuo due to Ebola virus has triggered panic Thursday at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) where his corpse is said to be in the morgue.

As part of precautionary measure to curb the spread of the dreaded diseases, the Rivers state government said it has placed no fewer than 100 persons under surveillance.The has however refused to reveal location of the isolation centers and the hotel where the man who brought the virus to the state stayed.

Though there has been speculation in the past two week that an Ebola patient flew into Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Commissioner of Health, Sampson Parker, yesterday acknowledged the death of Enemuo from Ebola virus disease. The late doctor is said to be the owner of a private hospital at Rumuokoro in Port Harcourt.

"The Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has directed me to make this solemn announcement to you. And it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you that the ebola virus has claimed its first victim in Rivers State. Dr. Iyke Sam Enemuo died last week Friday, August 22, 2014 as a result of what was suspected to be ebola virus disease," he said.

Parker told journalists at his residence in Port Harcourt that the Rivers State Ministry of Health on becoming aware of the conditions of Enemuo's death, immediately commenced investigations and contact tracing. According to him, about one hundred contacts from a hotel, patients of Enemuo and patients of the hospital where the late Enemuo was treated until his demise have been identified and restricted in Rivers State and that locations are being decontaminated.

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How Diplomat Secretly Exported Ebola to Port Harcourt
by NewsAdmin on Aug 28, 2014

Facts have emerged on how a Nigerian diplomat infected a medical doctor with the deadly Ebola Virus just as health authorities announced that it had been effectively controlled in Lagos.

Street Journal gathered that the diplomat who had primary contact with Patrick Sawyer, the index case of the disease and after showing symptoms, he reportedly evaded health workers in Lagos and moved to Port Harcourt where he engaged the service of Dr. I. S. Enemuo of Sam Steel Clinic, East West Road, Rumuokoro who treated him secretly. Street Journal gathered that the diplomat, on being stabilized, flew back to Lagos.

Findings also revealed that the Monday after he concluded the diplomat’s treatment, Dr. Enemuo did a surgery on a woman, only dor him to fall ill on Tuesday. When he was not responding to treatment and it became noticeable that he was peesenting symptoms including vomiting blood and bloody diarrhoea, he was rushed to Prime Clinic but was rejected. He was later taken to Good Heart on Evo Road, GRA where he was placed on admission. He died on Friday.

Sensing what might happen, Rivers State Governor, Hon Rotimi Amaechi appealed for calm as it has become obvious that there might be well over 200 contacts already. The deceased doctor’s wife is a primary contact, so also is his 3-month-old baby and as many as might have come in contact with them for medical reasons or otherwise.

Meanwhile, the diplomat was said to have submitted himself for medical checks in order to he cleared to travel out of the country.
Contact tracing efforts have started while health workers are being trained on how to manage the situation

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Sister Of Dead Ebola Doctor Escapes From Port Harcourt As 200 Are Quarantined In Rivers State
SaharaReporters has learned that a sister of a Port Harcourt-based medical doctor, Iyke Enemuo, who recently died from the Ebola virus, fled to Abia State to avoid being quarantined along with others who came into contact with the late doctor.
BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK
AUG 29, 2014

SaharaReporters has learned that a sister of a Port Harcourt-based medical doctor, Iyke Enemuo, who recently died from the Ebola virus, fled to Abia State to avoid being quarantined along with others who came into contact with the late doctor. However, one of her siblings, who is also a doctor, forced her to return to the quarantine center in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

The woman helped care for her doctor brother as he suffered from the debilitating disease caused by the Ebola virus.

At least 200 people who came in contact with Dr. Enemuo, who died last Friday in Port Harcourt, have been placed in quarantine for close medical watch.

Dr. Enemuo had contracted the virus when he was secretly treating a staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) who, in turn, had had contact with Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American who initially brought the disease into Nigeria. Mr. Sawyer had slumped at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos shortly after arriving there on July 20. He was rushed to a Lagos Hospital where he died five days later. A doctor, Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, and two nurses who helped care for Mr. Sawyer in Lagos have also died.

SaharaReporters discovered that the ECOWAS diplomat who had had contact with Mr. Sawyer flew to Port Harcourt the same day the Liberian American died, and met up with Dr. Enemuo. Apparently aware of the deadly nature of the disease afflicting the diplomat, Dr. Enemuo opted to treat him secretly at a local hotel.

After recovering, the ECOWAS staff flew back to Lagos to seek clearance to travel out of Nigeria. Quarantined and checked for Ebola in Lagos, he was found to be free of the virus. However, a few days after he left Port Harcourt, Dr. Enemuo took ill and was hospitalized at Good Health Hospital in Port Harcourt where he died of the disease.

The hospital has been closed down, and close to 70 people immediately quarantined by Nigerian health officials. However, as at last night, more than 200 people who had been in contact with Dr. Enemuo and the ECOWAS diplomat had been quarantined as well. Dr. Enemuo’s wife recently took ill with Ebola symptoms.

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Infected diplomat takes Ebola to Port Harcourt

AUGUST 29, 2014 BY SUNDAY ABORISADE, CHUKWUDI AKASIKE AND BUKOLA ADEBAYO
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Nigeria’s efforts to contain the deadly Ebola virus have suffered a major setback with the news that another medical doctor has been killed by the disease in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The news was announced by the Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.

The doctor’s passage on Friday, the first outside Lagos, caused panic in Rivers State and worry among health personnel and other stakeholders battling to stamp out the disease in the country.

Although Chukwu did not give the identity of the doctor, the Rivers State Government said he is Iyke Enemuo.

Enemuo was said to have contracted the virus from an Economic Community of West African States diplomat while allegedly treating him of Ebola symptoms in a hotel in Port Harcourt.

It was gathered that Enemuo, before he took ill on Tuesday “operated on a woman on Monday presumably after treating the diplomat.”

A resident of the city said on her Facebook page that the doctor’s widow, who was quarantined alongside the diplomat, had a three-month-old baby.

The ECOWAS official whose name was also not given by Chukwu, was said to have had contact with the index case in Nigeria (Patrick Sawyer). He was placed under surveillance in Lagos but he escaped to Port Harcourt where he checked into a hotel and contacted Enemuo for treatment.

The official recovered from the ailment and returned to Lagos. Health workers were said to have tested him when he allegedly came for a clearance certificate and gave him a clean bill of health.

The minister said following a test conducted on the corpse of Enemuo which showed that he died of the EVD, Health ministry officials placed 70 people who came into contact with him either when he was sick or touched his corpse, under surveillance.

But the Rivers State Government said “about 100 contacts from a hotel, patients of Dr. Enemuo and patients of the hospital where Enemuo was treated until his demise have been identified and restricted.’’

Chukwu told journalists that Enemuo’s death had increased the number of deaths recorded as a result of the EVD to six.

He explained that even though the ECOWAS official did not presently have the EVD, further laboratory tests indicated that he had suffered the deadly disease before travelling to the oil-rich city.

Chukwu said, “This case (ECOWAS official) would have been of no further interest since he had completed the 21 days of surveillance without any other issue, but for the fact that the doctor who treated him died last Friday, August 22, 2014.

“Following the report of this death by the doctor’s widow the next day, the case had been thoroughly investigated and laboratory analysis showed that this doctor died from EVD.

“As a result, several contacts have now been traced, registered and placed under surveillance. However, because the widow is now symptomatic, she has been quarantined pending the outcome of laboratory tests on her.”

The minister added that the Incident Management Committee had already deployed a very strong team in Port Harcourt to work with the Rivers State’s health authorities.

He assured Nigerians that “just like the situation has effectively been managed in Lagos and Enugu, the situation in Port Harcourt will also similarly be effectively managed and we have begun to do so.’’

He said, “The doctor’s blood sample tested positive after death. Also, 70 persons have been placed under surveillance in Port Harcourt.

“I want to charge the residents of Port Harcourt not to panic over this situation as the experience we have gathered from Lagos and Enugu respectively indicate that there is no cause for alarm when you have the government fully in control of the situation.

“Once again, we appeal to all contacts under surveillance to abide by the advice given to them by the Incident Management Committee.

“With regard to Enugu, all secondary contacts will be followed up till tomorrow (Friday) when they are all expected to be discharged from our surveillance.

He maintained that the total number of cases treated at the isolation ward in Lagos stood at 13 while the total number of those discharged was seven.

The minister added that the only person currently under treatment at the isolation ward was stable and improving clinically.

Also at the news conference, the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, appealed to Nigerians under surveillance to respect the advice of medical personnel pending when they would receive a clean bill of health to travel.

But in Port Hourcourt where some residents feared that many people who came into contact with Enemuo and the ECOWAS official might have gone underground, the state government said it acted proactively by placing about 100 persons under surveillance.

A statement by the Rivers State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, quoted Governor Rotimi Amaechi as urging “every Rivers State citizen and resident to remain calm and go about their normal business.”

The statement read in part, “it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you that the Ebola virus has claimed its first victim in Rivers State.

Dr. Iyke Sam Enemuo died last week Friday, August 22, 2014 as a result of what was suspected to be EVD.

The Rivers State Ministry of Health on becoming aware of the conditions of his death, immediately commenced investigations and contact tracing.

“As of today (Thursday), about 100 contacts from a hotel, patients of Dr. Enemuo and patients of the hospital where the Enemuo was treated until his demise have been identified and restricted in Rivers State. The locations are being decontaminated.

“From our investigations, some facts have emerged. A member of staff of ECOWAS on the team that received the late Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American diplomat, who died of Ebola in Lagos, made a trip to Port Harcourt where he checked into a hotel and met with Dr. Enemuo.

“About a week after his departure, Enemuo took ill and was rushed to a hospital where he presented with symptoms of fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

“In the course of treatment, the managing physician became suspicious and took samples for investigation. A few days after, Enemuo died on August 22, 2014. His body was deposited in a mortuary in Port Harcourt.

“Enemuo’s widow, who is also a medical doctor and who cared for him during his illness, has taken ill. She is being quarantined.

‘‘A few hours ago, results of the test carried out on samples taken from Dr. Enemuo came back and was positive of EVD.”

A resident of Port Harcourt, said in her Facebook post, that the latest development was a calamity.

“It’s quite a calamity unfolding in Port Harcourt. Unfortunately, the city’s health facilities are not quite ready to contain Ebola at the moment,” she lamented.

The resident said Enemuo, before he took ill on Tuesday, “operated on a woman on Monday presumably after treating the diplomat.”

She wrote, “He (Enemuo) fell ill next day Tuesday and died last Friday. No one knew about the hotel angle which was a very big risk he took…and unethical thing to do.

“He was ill for three days and then started vomiting blood. He was first rushed to one hospital where he was rejected and then taken to Good Heart Hospital whose owner is a Cardiologist and a consultant physician with the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital . He died there.

“The doctor that died practises in East West Road, Rumuokoro…Sam Steel clinic. The wife, also a doctor, has a three-month-old baby.

“As it is, there may have been well over 200 contacts of this devilish diplomat who lured his young doctor friend to treat him secretly and went back to Lagos. We have to look at the health workers in the Good Heart Hospital, Sam Steel Clinic, the members of staff of the hotel and its guests, those who travelled with the diplomat in the same vehicle(s) or aircraft from Lagos to Port Harcourt, the late doctor’s family members. The list goes on and on.”

The resident ,who is an educationist, added that what played out in this latest development was what she called the “Ostrich mentality of our people.”

She said, “My own take is what is with the foolishness of people who suspect they have Ebola not wanting to subject themselves to straight testing. Don’t they know quick detection could save their lives and those of others?”

Another resident said she was particularly worried that Ebola had reached Port Harcourt, a city where according to her, social and economic activities are very high.

He said, “Look, I am troubled that this virus in here with us. I am disturbed because I know this state cannot easily trace people who came into contact with the so-called diplomat and the doctor that died.

“I fear that many of the contacts must have travelled to neighbouring states like Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and even Cross River State.”

Sahara Reporters said on Thursday that Good Heart Hospital, and the hotel where the ECOWAS diplomat allegedly received treatment in Port Harcourt, had been shut down.

However, a member of the Emergency Operation Centre for Ebola in Lagos, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, has argued that the Federal Government and the Lagos State government should not be blamed for the death of the medical doctor in Port Harcourt.

Tomori told one of our correspondents on Thursday that some of the people who had had primary contact with Sawyer, did not cooperate with the monitoring and surveillance committee by evading surveillance.

He said, “Initially many people who came into contact with Sawyer were not forthcoming with the truth. It was difficult to trace some contacts who did not leave any address. They could not trace the ECOWAS diplomat for days. Surveillance is the duty of everyone. And we must follow international guidelines and regulation. If we take your temperature and say we will be back tomorrow by 8am to take another, we expect that you should cooperate, but that was not the case.

“Some even travelled, and their people were also not ready to disclose where they went. Some even denied the degree of contact that they had with Sawyer.”

Tomori who is also a professor of virology noted that though there were no sanctions yet for those who evade surveillance, such individuals pose great health risk to the nation.

To further contain the outbreak, Tomori advised doctors to treat every case of high fever, vomiting and stooling as a suspected case of Ebola.

He added, “I will say with the new dimension, doctors should assume the worst when they see patients with high fever who are vomiting and stooling. Those with three symptoms of the disease must be put under observation and isolated, while waiting for a test result.

“It is important that we get laboratories where test results can be out within two or three hours. That way you can quickly isolate and begin taking necessary precautions to contain it within the health facility.”

US to begin human testing of Ebola vaccine

Meanwhile, United States researchers will next week start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus.

The National Institute of Health announced on Thursday that it was launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline.

It will test 20 healthy adult volunteers to see if the virus is safe and triggers an adequate response in their immune systems.

That testing, according to the Associated Press, will be at NIH’s campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Later in September, NIH and a British team will test the vaccine on volunteers in the United Kingdom, Gambia and Mali.

American health officials are also talking about a future trial in Nigeria.

Ebola cases could reach 20,000 – WHO

In Geneva, Switzerland, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday that the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known.

A new plan by the United Nations health agency to stop Ebola assumes that the actual number of cases in many hard-hit areas may be two to four times higher than currently reported.

If that is accurate, it suggests there could be up to 12,000 cases already,out of which 1,552 people are dead in West Africa alone.

“This far outstrips any historic Ebola outbreak in numbers. The largest outbreak in the past was about 400 cases,” Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for emergency operations, told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Ebola: Enuemo’s wife, three months old baby in Lagos

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PORT HARCOURT (AFP) – Some 160 people are being medically monitored in Port Harcourt after a doctor died from the virus, the local government said on Friday.

“As of today, none of them has shown symptoms of any kind. We are in touch with them constantly and they also call us to tell us their condition,” Rivers State health commissioner Sampson Parker told a news conference in the city.

The Nigerian government announced on Thursday that the doctor was Nigeria’s sixth person to die from the haemorrhagic fever and the first outside the country’s biggest city, Lagos.

Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state, is the centre of Nigeria’s oil industry and is home to a number of oil majors, including Anglo-Dutch giant Shell, France’s Total and US firm Chevron.

The doctor, Ikyke Samuel Enuemo, fell ill after treating an official from the ECOWAS regional bloc, who travelled to the city after coming into contact with a Liberian-American man who brought the virus into Nigeria and died on July 25.

The official slipped through the surveillance net in Lagos. He was brought back to Lagos but found to have recovered from the virus, health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.

Enuemo’s wife, who gave birth only three months ago, is ill with symptoms of the disease and has been placed in quarantine.

She requested to be moved out of Port Harcourt for “emotional reasons” and has been taken to an isolation unit in Lagos for further observation and treatment, Parker told reporters.

“She is also a doctor. Her three-month-old baby is alive and well. The result of the test conducted on her (for Ebola) is not yet out,” he added.

Six people have died of the disease in Africa’s most populous country.

Specialists from the World Health Organization, the United States and Britain have joined experts from the Nigerian government in Rivers State to check the spread of the virus.

Rivers state has a quarantine centre at Oduoha, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of the city as well as a special isolation ward for Ebola patients at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH).

Neither has received any patient, Parker said.

A mobile laboratory has arrived in the city while the hotel where the ECOWAS official was treated has been decontaminated, as have the hospital where Enuemo was treated, his house and the morgue at UPTH.

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Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu Ernest Chinwo and Paul Obi The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Thursday confirmed the death of a medical doctor, Dr. Ike Samuel Enemua, in Port Harcourt of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Chukwu also disclosed that 70 persons have already been quarantined in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as a result of the disease.

Rivers State Government also Thursday confirmed that the state has recorded it's first casualty from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has hit parts of the country.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, made the confirmation in Port Harcourt while briefing journalists on the outbreak of the virus in the state.

Parker said the state Ministry of Health has placed about 100 persons who had contact with late Enemua under 24-hour surveillance for possible symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease.

He also said his ministry has shut down the late Enemua's hospital, as well as the Good Heart Hospital, a private health facility in Port Harcourt, where he was treated until his demise and a hotel, where a staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who was treated by the late medical doctor lodged while he was in Port Harcourt.

The Health Minister had explained that the wife of the doctor was among those quarantined in P'Harcourt. The Minister disclosed that the total number of Ebola cases so far reported stands at 15, with 13 treated cases,

He said that number of those discharged is seven, while the number of deaths from those treated in Lagos is five, while the total number of those currently under treatment is one. He added that the person currently being treated is stable and improving clinically.


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Nigeria: Amaechi Urges Calm As Rivers Confirms First Ebola Death

Another Doctor Succumbs to Ebola in Nigeria

Port Harcourt Doctor Dies of Ebola
By Ernest Chinwo and Paul Obi

Port Harcourt and Abuja — Following the confirmation of the death of a victim, Dr. Ike Samuel Enemuo, of the Ebola virus in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the state governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has urged the people of the state to remain calm as the state is capable of containing the spread of the disease.

With the death of Enemuo, the federal government also yesterday revised the number of Ebola cases in the country to 15, including the index case, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, while the total number of cases treated in isolation ward was put at 13.

Briefing the press in Port Harcourt yesterday on the outbreak of the virus in the city, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, said Enemuo, a medical doctor, who had died last Friday from symptoms of fever and diarrhoea, actually died of the Ebola virus.

Parker added that the state Ministry of Health had also placed about 100 persons who had contact with late Enemuo under 24-hour surveillance for possible symptoms of the disease.

He also said his ministry had shut down the late Enemuo's hospital, as well as the Good Heart Hospital, a private health facility in Port Harcourt, where he was treated until his demise and a hotel, where a member of staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who was treated by the late medical doctor, stayed while he was in Port Harcourt.

He said the ministry took samples from Enemuo when he died last Friday, adding that the result of the samples, which was released yesterday morning, indicated that he died of the dreaded disease.

According to the commissioner, those quarantined included members of staff of the two hospitals and the hotel, as well as Enemuo's wife who had fallen ill.

Parker stated that the deceased's wife, who is also a medical doctor, had already shown signs of a fever and had been taken in for treatment, adding that any of those quarantined, who showed signs of fever, would be held back for treatment.

According to him, "Dr. Ike Sam Enemuo died last Friday, August 22, 2014, as a result of what was suspected to be Ebola virus. The Rivers State Ministry of Health, on becoming aware of the condition of his death, immediately commenced investigation and contact-tracing.

"As at today (Thursday), about 100 contacts from the hotel, patients of Dr. Enemuo, and patients of the hospital where the late Dr. Enemuo was treated till his demise have been identified and quarantined in Rivers State.

"The locations are being decontaminated. From our investigations, some facts have emerged that a staff of ECOWAS on the team that received the late Dr. Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American diplomat, who died of Ebola disease in Lagos, made a trip to Port Harcourt, where he checked into a hotel and met Dr. Enemuo.

"About a week after his departure, Dr. Enemuo took ill and was rushed to a hospital where he presented symptoms of a high fever, stooling and vomiting.

"In the course of his treatment, the managing physician became suspicious and took samples for investigation. A few days after, Dr. Enemuo died. His body was deposited at a mortuary in Port Harcourt.

"Dr. Enemuo's widow, who is also a medical doctor and who cared for him during his illness, has taken ill. She is being quarantined. A few hours ago, the result of the samples taken on Dr. Enemuo came out and it was positive. The diplomat, who was seen by late Enemuo is alive and well."

The commissioner however refused to give the name of the late Enemuo's hospital and the hotel where he met with the diplomat.

While calling on people in the state to be cautious and avoid unnecessary contacts with persons, Parker said the state government has the needed resources and personnel to curb the spread of Ebola in the state.

Amaechi Calls for Calm

Also speaking to residents in Rivers State, Amaechi, in a special broadcast yesterday evening, called on the people to remain calm as the government was doing everything possible to contain the spread and effects of the virus in the state. He said: "My dear people of Rivers State, we woke up this morning to the sad confirmation that the dreaded Ebola virus disease has claimed its first victim in Rivers State.

"Dr. Ike Sam Enemuo died last Friday, August 22, 2014 as a result of what was suspected to be the Ebola virus disease. The state Ministry of Health, on becoming aware of the conditions of his death, immediately commenced investigations and contact-tracing.

"As at today, about 100 contacts from a hotel, patients of Dr. Enemuo and patients of the hospital where the late Enemuo was treated until his demise have been identified and restricted. The different locations are being decontaminated."

He restated that a member of staff of ECOWAS on the team that received late Dr. Patrick Sawyer had checked into a hotel where he met with the late Enemuo.

He assured the people that the state government has the material and human resources needed to fight and defeat the virus, adding that officials from the Federal Ministry of Health and other international agencies were already in Port Harcourt working with the state Ministry of Health to contain and combat the virus.

He called on the people to adhere to the basic rules of hygiene by washing their hands regularly with soap and water and avoid unnecessary body contact like shaking of hands.

"Anyone with symptoms indicative of diarrhoea, high fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, excessive weakness of the body and unexplained bleeding, should call our Ebola emergency numbers: 08167733939, 07036321076, 08033124314 or our state emergency call centre: 112," he said.

Gov Visits Quarantine Site

Prior to the broadcast, Amaechi had visited and approved the temporary quarantine site in Oduoha, Emuoha Local Government Area of the state.


He approved the site yesterday evening after a facility inspection with some technical partners. He said plans had been concluded to upgrade the facility to enable experts and medical doctors properly manage and control the spread of the virus in the state.

Amaechi said the involvement of technical partners like the World Health Organisation (WHO), Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors without Borders), the US Embassy and the federal government would ensure that drastic measures are put in place to tackle and eliminate the disease.

"This is a temporary approved quarantine site for the Ebola virus and we are working on it to upgrade the facility. The place is a bit out of town and we want to start from here while we continue to search for a permanent site," he said. He advised the youths and people of Oduoha community and its neighbouring communities in the council area not to panic over the temporary site, adding that the Ebola virus is not airborne as confirmed by medical experts. FG: Reported Ebola Cases Now 15

However, following the death of the first victim in Rivers State, the federal government has revised its statistics on the disease. The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday said the number of reported cases in the country now stood at 15, while the total number of cases treated at government's isolation ward is 13 and the total number of those discharged is seven.

According to the minister, "The total number of deaths from those treated in Lagos is five, and the total number currently under treatment is one and the person is stable and improving clinically."

Explaining the reason for the presence of the disease in Rivers State, Chukwu said: "You will notice that the number of cases has increased from 13 to15. You will also notice that this additional two were not treated in the isolation ward in Lagos.

"One of them is a primary contact of the index case (Mr. Patrick Sawyer). Even though presently he does not have EVD but further laboratory tests indicate that he had suffered EVD.

"This primary contact of Mr. Sawyer's evaded our surveillance team in the last week of July 2014 and travelled out of Lagos to Port Harcourt where, as we now understand, he consulted with a doctor and was apparently treated for some symptoms.

"After four days, following a manhunt for him, he returned to Lagos by which time he was found to be without symptoms. "This case would have been of no further interest since he had completed the 21 days of surveillance without any other issue, but for the fact that the doctor who treated him died last Friday, 22nd August, 2014."

He also confirmed that the widow of the late medical doctor had been quarantined pending the outcome of laboratory tests on her.

He disclosed that the Incident Management Committee had deployed a very strong team to Port Harcourt to work with the health authorities of Rivers State. "Just like the situation has effectively been managed in Lagos and Enugu, the situation in Port Harcourt will also be effectively managed and we have begun to do so," he assured the nation.

Chukwu stressed: "The total number of deaths from Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria, therefore, is now six: the index case (Mr. Sawyer), the four primary contacts who died in the isolation ward in Lagos, and a doctor who died in Port Harcourt whose blood sample tested positive after death."

The minister called on residents of Port Harcourt not to panic over this situation "as the experience we have gathered from Lagos and Enugu respectively, indicate that there is no cause for alarm when you have the government fully in control of the situation".

Providing more insight on the Rivers Ebola victim, the minister said his body had not been disposed of, adding: "The contact team moved immediately to Port Harcourt last Saturday, then the treatment group moved in yesterday morning (Wednesday).

"The mobile laboratory will move in to Port Harcourt on Saturday. Nobody should panic. We are on top of it. Once we get information, no matter the source, even a rumour, we will investigate it and the appropriate treatment will be rendered to that rumour."

Chukwu, who addressed the media alongside the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, went on to state that "if the rumour turns out to be true, we know what to do. If it is false, we know what to do. The same way we handled Lagos and everybody was happy about it, the same way we handled Enugu and the whole world was happy, we will surely handle Port Harcourt. So far, all cases are still traceable to Patrick Sawyer."

On the current situation in Enugu State, he said: "With regards to Enugu, all secondary contacts will be followed up till tomorrow when they are all expected to be discharged from our surveillance."

Regarding the issue of mass gatherings, he clarified: "We are not banning mass gatherings, rather we are discouraging mass gatherings. Any mass gathering that is not really necessary, we are asking that it should not hold, but we are working with all groups."

Maku, on his part, harped on the need for the media to remain committed to providing factual news coverage on issues concerning the Ebola outbreak.

Glaxo's Ebola Vaccine to Be Tested Next Week

Meanwhile, US scientists will begin enrolling patients as early as next week in clinical safety trials of GlaxoSmithKline Plc's (GSK) experimental Ebola vaccine as the death toll from the disease rises in West Africa. The National Institute of Health's (NIH) Vaccine Research Centre received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to start the Phase 1 trial, Michael Kurilla, Director of the Office of Biodefence, Research Resources and Translational Research, said yesterday in a telephone interview.

A Phase 1 trial is the first test of a drug or vaccine in humans to assess safety and whether it works similarly to how it does in animals. The current outbreak has killed 1,500 people in four countries and may soon claim more deaths than all previous Ebola outbreaks combined.

The NIH and London-based Glaxo are jointly developing the experimental vaccine, which doesn't contain any infectious Ebola virus. Health authorities are discussing whether to give the vaccine to at-risk people in West Africa, Kurilla said.

"Exactly how all that will be done is yet to be seen and is a topic of a number" of conference calls every day, he said. Researchers may need to study the vaccine in humans for about a month to assess its effect, Kurilla said. NIH Director, Francis Collins is scheduled to speak today about the agency's work on Ebola vaccines.

GSK declined to comment on the trial, though the company had previously said it was working with regulators on trials.

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