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Nigerian Nurse who treated Sawyer dies of Ebola virus, 5 other medical staff infected

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The Federal Government said on Wednesday, that a nurse who was one of
the medical personnel that attended to the late Liberian-American, Patrick
Sawyer, who died of Ebola virus in Lagos on July 25, has died of the disease.
Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who stated this at a news
conference in Abuja, also confirmed that five other medical practitioners who
participated in the treatment are already infected with the virus.
He said, "Nigeria has now recorded seven confirmed cases of Ebola Virus
Disease.
"The first one was the index case, which is the imported case from Liberia of
which the victim is now late.
"Yesterday, 5th August, 2014, the first known Nigerian to die of the EVD was
recorded and this was one of the nurses that attended to the Liberian.
"The other five cases are currently being treated at the Isolation Ward in
Lagos."
The Minister noted that all the Nigerians diagnosed were primary contacts of
the index case.
He announced the appointment of Prof. O. Onajole, of the Lagos University
Teaching Hospital, who will be based in Lagos, as the Director,
Communication and Community Mobilisation for the EVD.
He also pledged to visit Lagos within the week, in company with his colleague
in the ministry of information, to assess the situation on ground.
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