The number of EVD cases known to have been successfully contained by health authorities in the country has risen to eight, the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, said.
According to a press release by Chukwu’s media aide, Dan Nwomeh, the latest case is the spouse of a victim who had contact with the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, in Lagos.
She has reportedly been discharged from the isolation ward where suspected victims are kept under diagnostic surveillance.
The nineth survivor of the virus, though not managed by the Ministry of Health, is the ECOWAS official who became healed of the virus only after infecting the doctor that treated him in Port Harcourt, in Rivers State. The Nigerian diplomat was reported to have evaded surveillance in Lagos.
Nwomeh added that there are currently 18 confirmed cases of EVD, one of which is a sister to the Port Harcourt doctor that later died of the virus.
He gave the record of deaths from EVD as seven, while two patients are currently being treated in Lagos and Port Harcourt isolation wards.
Also, 41 persons, and 255 others have been put under surveillance in Lagos and Port Harcourt respectively, while 320 suspected carriers have been discharged after being monitored for the 21 days observatory days.
He stated that reported cases of EVD carriers in Federal Capital Territory,FCT, and Calabar. were hoaxes, but confirmed blood samples of a third case,said to have been detected in Zaria,
has been taken for laboratory test.