Nigeria Ebola Patient Hid from Government
Abuja – A man who contracted Ebola in Nigeria after coming into contact with a traveller from Liberia evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died, Nigerian health authorities announced on Thursday.
The death was the first in Nigeria outside Lagos, the commercial capital. The incident raises the number of confirmed cases in the country to 15, including six deaths.
Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told reporters the man who evaded surveillance has recovered and is now being watched in Lagos. The wife of the doctor who treated him in Port Harcourt is also now being quarantined after she developed symptoms of the deadly disease.
The man is a worker at the Economic Community of West African States, who was a primary contact of Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into Lagos last month and died of Ebola. He recovered after the late doctor treated him for symptoms.