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Nigeria confirms doctor's death from Ebola in oil city of Port Harcourt

Published on Aug 28, 2014 5:06 PM
 
"#Bring Back Our Girls" campaigners hold a candle light vigil in tribute for Ameyo Adadevoh, a consultant physician and endocrinologist who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian-American, and other victims of the disease in Abuja on Aug 26, 2014. Nigeria on Thursday, Aug 28, said that a doctor had died from Ebola in the city of Port Harcourt in the first case of the deadly virus outside the financial hub, Lagos. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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 financial hub, Lagos.

Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the doctor died on Aug 22 after treating a patient who had contact with a Liberian-American man who brought the virus into Nigeria and 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 Abuja.

Meanwhile, the Ebola epidemic gripping West Africa will get worse before it gets better, the head of the United States' top health body has warned, as health ministers from affected nations held crisis talks.

 
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