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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:33 am 
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Media reporting 5 new suspect cases in Lagos (in addition to 3 reported yesterday, which appear to be negative).

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:34 am 
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Five new suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease were brought to the Yaba Mainland Hospital, Lagos, on Tuesday, the Lagos State government has said.
At a press conference, Wednesday, Jide Idris, the State Commissioner for Health, told journalists that two of those cases were from secondary contacts.
“Till date, we have recorded eight suspected cases, five of which came in yesterday, 12 confirmed,” said Dr. Idris.
“On the whole, five have died (including the index case). We are currently following up 213 contacts, and 62 have completed the two-day follow-up,” he added.
On Tuesday, Stella Adadevoh, the Senior Consultant and Endocrinologist at First Consultant Medical Centre, Obalende, passed away after succumbing to the deadly virus.
Dr. Idris paid tributes to the deceased doctor as well as the other health workers who had died from Ebola virus since the disease broke out in July, describing them as the heroes and heroines of the day.
“She, (Dr. Adadevoh) it was, who took the initiative to intimate the Ministry concerning the index case – Liberian-American (Mr. Patrick Sawyer) and substantially to her credit the moderate containment achieved is owed,” said Dr. Idris.
“She led the team who attended to the index case. Her doggedness and commitment to duty saw her personally reviewing the case even though the patient had earlier been seen by a doctor.
“The Ministry of Health commiserates with their families, co-workers, friends and loved ones on these irreparable losses which was on the line of duty,” he added.
Dr. Idris also said that the government’s “vigorous” contact tracing is now shifting from primary to secondary contacts.
“The mode of spread remains mainly transmission from an infected person in an infective state and from an infected animal (bat, monkey, etc) to a person.
“This is a call for vigilance as human to human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill (fever being a key sign) from Ebola virus through body fluids such as blood, urine, stool, saliva, breast milk, semen, and vomitus.
“Burial ceremonies where mourners including family members have direct contact with patients who died of Ebola have also played a role in the spread and direct contact with dead bodies should be minimized at this period, even as washing and burial/disposal of such bodies should be professionally handled with safety to personal health of handlers being a cardinal focus,” he added.
The Commissioner urged Lagos residents not to panic as health personnel are in place to manage the current cases, while efforts are doubled to secure the services of more volunteers to cope with any contingency.
“Certain concerns have been raised regarding those already discharged. I wish to re-assure you that the discharge process was in line with WHO International Health Regulations and they are still being followed up. No recorded carrier state in person that have recovered from the disease has been recorded,” said Dr. Idris.
“I encourage persons who have come in contact with infected persons to report early for treatment as such improves chances of survival.”
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:42 am 
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that two of those cases were from secondary contacts


It is impossible and effort-draining to focus on tracking. I am following the live chat, but it's coming through as a disappointment. I expected someone to try and be ahead of the curve, not just focus on internal procedures and funding issues.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:30 pm 
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New Suspected Nigeria Ebola Cases After Officials See Progress
By Chris Kay and Yinka Ibukun August 20, 2014

Doctors in Lagos are assessing five new suspected cases of the Ebola virus, a top medical official said, a day after the health minister expressed confidence the outbreak in the country may soon end.

The five people were admitted to a hospital in Nigeria’s coastal commercial hub yesterday and are being monitored in isolation wards, the state’s Commissioner for Health Jide Idris told reporters today. Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said yesterday that Africa’s biggest economy may be Ebola-free within a week as the number of people being treated for the virus had dropped to two.

“They are not exposed to the public and the public is in no danger from the two,” Chukwu said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Trish Regan and Shannon Pettypiece.

STORY: Airlines Urged to Keep Flying in West Africa Amid Ebola Outbreak
Nigeria’s Health Ministry said yesterday a senior doctor who was treating an Ebola patient died from the disease, the fifth since a Liberian-American last month brought the virus to Africa’s most populous nation of about 170 million people. The country has enough equipment to contain the outbreak, Chukwu said.

The outbreak, the worst since the virus was first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, has sickened 2,240 people, killing at least 1,229 through Aug. 16, in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and, most recently, Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.

Experimental Drugs

There is no known or approved cure for Ebola, which spreads through bodily fluids and can kill as many as 90 percent of its victims after causing bleeding from the eyes, ears, mouth and rectum and a bloody, full-body rash.

STORY: This Experimental Ebola Drug Might Never Reach West Africa
Nigeria’s authorities are still attempting to get hold of experimental drugs that may treat Ebola and are in contact with as many as three manufacturers, Idris said today.

“We’re in contact with the manufacturers and they want to find out our regulatory process,” he said.

Two American health workers infected with the virus in Liberia have received an experimental medicine from Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. The WHO has warned that the public had “unrealistic expectations” of the new treatments.

VIDEO: W.H.O. Weighing Emergency Decree on Ebola Outbreak
To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Kay in Lagos at ckay5@bloomberg.net; Yinka Ibukun in Lagos at yibukun@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net Mark Williams, Michael Winfrey

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:55 pm 
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Ebola: Fiancé Of Late Nurse, Obi Ejelonu, Admitted To Hospital With Suspected Case

BY SAHARA REPORTERS
AUG 20, 2014

Reports have surfaced that the fiancé of nurse Obi Ejelonu, also called Justina, is suspected to have contracted the Ebola virus from his late wife. The nurse from the virus died after treating Liberian Patrick Sawyer.

The suspected patient, whose name was given simply as "Dennis", is the third suspected case of Ebola admitted in the last three days. He allegedly suffered from a high fever three days ago but said he had recovered.

http://saharareporters.com/2014/08/20/e ... ected-case

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:34 pm 
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Younger Sister Of Late Dr. Adadevoh Admitted To Hospital For Ebola Virus Disease

BY SAHARA REPORTERS
AUG 25, 2014

Sahara Reporters has learned today that Amy Ngozi Adadevoh, younger sister of the late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, has reportedly tested positive for the Ebola virus.

Miss Adadevoh had previously been a suspected case, a suspicion confirmed today by blood test. She has been moved to isolation at the Ebola treatment center in Lagos. She joins two other patients there undergoing evaluation and treatment.

Sahara Reporters has also gathered that Dr. Ade Joroh, a patient at the isolation center who is infected with the Ebola virus, is recovering and responding to treatment. He is expected to recover fully, although medical professionals are awaiting blood test results.

http://saharareporters.com/2014/08/25/y ... us-disease

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