Via the Lagos State Ministry of Health: PRESS STATEMENT ON EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD). Excerpt:
You will recall that three months ago, your attention was drawn to the outbreak of a deadly disease known as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in some of the neighbouring West African countries. Current update from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone shows alarming increase in the number of cases and deaths due to this disease.
Two days ago i.e. on Tuesday July 22, 2014, Lagos Ministry of Health received information concerning a suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease from a private health facility.
Details of the suspected case were obtained from the health facility – a 40-yr old Liberian working for a West African organisation in Monrovia (Liberia) who arrived Lagos on a flight from Monrovia via Lome on Sunday July 20, 2014 at 4pm. History taken revealed that he had no contact with any case of EVD, did not visit any person with EVD in the hospital and neither did he partake in the burial of any person who died of EVD.
However, on account of his working and living in an endemic region for EVD (Liberia) and the presentation of non-specific constitutional symptoms and signs (fever, malaise, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) associated with EVD, a high index of suspicion was raised.
Based on this, the patient was admitted and detained on suspicion for possible EBV infection while blood sample collection and testing was initiated of which included samples to the Virology Reference Laboratory, LUTH, Idi-Araba. Blood samples were also sent to a WHO Reference Laboratory in Dakar (Senegal) which is actively in process and results are pending.
Presently, the patient’s condition is stable and is in recovery. The diarrhea and vomiting has stopped. Intravenous infusion has also been stopped and he is now tolerating by mouth; while the health facility has since initiated Universal Infection Prevention and Control has been instituted with measures to prevent spread of the disease and guarantee the safety of other patients and staff of the health facility.
Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Health, WHO and Port Health Services have been partnering with the State Government in areas of contact tracing and other specialized care.