Via WSJ.com: Lagos Hospital Confirms Ebola-Related Death. Excerpt:
The worst outbreak of Ebola in history has touched Africa's biggest city, with a hospital in Lagos confirming the death of a visiting Liberian government official.
Patrick Sawyer, a consultant at the Liberian Finance Ministry, flew into Lagos earlier this week, then checked into a Lagos hospital with a fever, according to Nigeria's Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu. Laboratory blood tests confirmed Ebola shortly before Mr. Sawyer died on Friday.
It is unclear to what extent or even whether Mr. Sawyer infected others with the deadly disease. Ebola isn't airborne; it spreads from one person to another only through contact with blood or other bodily fluids, usually in a hospital or among family members caring for a sick person.
Mr. Sawyer apparently didn't have much of a chance to spread it at his destination. A spokesman for the World Health Organization said Mr. Sawyer was placed in isolation in the hospital after arriving in Lagos with symptoms of the disease.
Dr. Chukwu said Nigerian investigators were tracking down passengers who were on the plane with Mr. Sawyer during the nearly three-hour flight from Monrovia. They have also put airports, land borders and sea ports on alert, he said.
Although it appears Mr. Sawyer was quickly quarantined after his arrival, the fact that an Ebola case reached one of the world's largest cities concerns health officials because of its potential for spreading in a densely populated area.
Lagos is home to up to 21 million people, according to government statistics, squeezed into less than 400 square miles. Rents are steep, so families pack themselves heavily into the city's tin-roofed shanties and four-story walk-up apartments. It is a far cry from the forests of Guinea, where the disease first emerged in February.
In the five months since then, 1,093 people have been sickened in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the WHO. Of that number, 660 died. The figures don't include Mr. Sawyer. "It's the biggest epidemic we've ever seen," said Julie Damond, regional information officer for the aid group Doctors Without Borders.