Via allAfrica.com, report in Daily Trust: Nigeria: Govt - We Have Case of Dengue Fever, Not Ebola Virus. Excerpt:
Minister of State for Health Dr. Khaliru Alhassan yesterday said the reported case of a lady dying of the Ebola virus was actually of Dengue hemorrhage fever.
The 15-year-old lady had died at the Irrua teaching Hospital, Edo state last week after she was referred there by the Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital, Abuja following aggravated symptoms, Daily Trust learnt.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, the minister insisted that Nigeria had not witnessed any case of Ebola and would remain so as several mechanisms have been put in place to stop any cross border transmission.
Alhassan explained that the misconception on the type of disease might have risen because of some similarities in symptoms the two diseases share adding that so far only three countries in the West African region namely Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have reported cases of Ebola.
"Dengue fever is caused by a virus named Dengue Fever Virus (DFV). It is transmitted by mosquitoes, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas," he said.
"The activities of the mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus) that transmit this virus are being closely monitored nationwide by the Arbovirus Research Centre of the Federal Ministry of Health based in Enugu."
The symptoms of the disease, he added, include "headache, fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes and rashes."
Alhassan said "at the outset of the disease, it mimics malaria and often so, it is mistakenly diagnosed as Malaria. "However, other signs of Dengue fever which include gums, bloody diarrhea, bleeding from the nose and severe pain behind the eyes, red palms and soles differentiate it from malaria."