Nigeria says doctor who treated Ebola patient has contracted virus
Published on Aug 4, 2014 8:59 PM
ABUJA (AFP) - Nigerian authorities said Monday that a doctor in Lagos who treated a Liberian victim of Ebola has contracted the virus, the second confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa's largest city.
Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu, who confirmed the positive test, said 70 other people believed to have come into contact with the Liberian were being monitored, with eight placed in quarantine including three who were "symptomatic".
The confirmed case "is one of the doctors who attended to the Liberian Ebola patient who died," Mr Chukwu told journalists.
A quarantine unit has been set up in Lagos and blood tests from the three people displaying Ebola-like symptoms have been sent for testing, with results expected later on Monday, the minister further said.
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