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Health Minister confirms that Ebola is in Rivers State

The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has confirmed that the doctor who died in Port Harcourt, died of Ebola Virus Disease.


The Minister stated 70 people are under surveillance in the city, while his wife has been put under quarantine.

The doctor had treated a patient, who later recovered, who had met Patrick Sawyer, the man who took Ebola from Liberia to Nigeria.

Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu said the Port Harcourt doctor had died on 22 August, but the results of the tests have only just been made public.

The doctor becomes the sixth fatality in Nigeria, which is Africa’s most populous country.

This is the first Ebola Death outside of Lagos, since the Liberian American, Patrick Sawyerr brought the ailment to Nigeria.


In an effort to ensure that Nigerian children are protected, the Federal Government announced the closure of schools till October 13th, 2014.

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