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59 People in Lagos came in contact with Late Liberian Ebola Victim

The Lagos State Government has revealed
that 59 persons came in contact with the 40 year old Liberian man,
Patrick Sawyer, who died of the Ebola virus recently.
As part of
measures to avert the spread of the deadly ebola virus disease, the 59
contacts have been placed on close surveillance.

The Lagos State
commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who disclosed this at a press
briefing held in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH)
officials at the Staff Clinic in Alausa, said there was no cause for
alarm.
According to him, “So far, a total of 59 contacts have been
registered, consisting 44 hospital contacts, 38 healthcare workers and
six laboratory staff and 15 airport contacts comprising three Economic
Communities of West African States (ECOWAS) staff driver, liaison and
protocol officer, Nigerian ambassador to Monrovia, two nursing staffers
and five airport passenger handlers.
“As of the time of this
report, 20 contacts had been physically screened, of which 50 percent
had type one contact and 50 percent had type two contacts.”
He
emphatically reiterated that, “We can categorically state that as of
today, we have only one case of imported Ebola and one death. No
Nigerian is infected but all contacts are being actively followed.
We
call on all Nigerians to be calm and not panic and do hereby assure
them that both the state and federal governments are up in arms to
ensure that the virus did not escape and that no Nigeria is infected
with it.”

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