Ebola Outbreak Contained in Nigeria, after a total of 19 cases and seven deaths
The Ebola outbreak in Nigeria may have been contained, according to the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In their Early Release Report, “Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak — Nigeria, July–September 2014,” released on Tuesday, 30 September 2014, the CDC stated that as of September 24, there were a total of 20 Ebola cases: 19 laboratory-confirmed Ebola cases and one probable case were identified.
The health officials explained in their reports: “Twelve of the 20 patients were exposed in two health facilities in Lagos. Four of the cases have been associated with a suspected case in a patient who traveled while ill via commercial aircraft from Lagos to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and back. After the patient who traveled was discovered, manifests were collected from both flights, and attempts were made to contact passengers to ensure they had not become ill.
“21 days had passed since the travel occurred. No ill or deceased passengers were identified. Overall, no new cases have occurred since August 18 in Lagos and August 31 in Port Harcourt, suggesting that the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria might have been contained.”
The first confirmed case of Ebola in Nigeria was on July 20 when, the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer travelling from Liberia collapsed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, and was immediately transported to a private hospital, First Consultants Hospital, Obalende. Mr Sawyer died on July 25.
XCLUSIVE Magazine reported on 19 September 2014 that an American doctor had described the slow response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by the international community as racism. “I think it’s racism. I think it’s easy for the world — the powerful world, who are largely non-African, non-people of colour — to ignore the suffering of poor, black people,” She said.