Via FrontPageAfrica.com, more details on the case: Liberia: Nigeria Quarantines Liberian Official, Awaiting Ebola Testing. Note that this report contradicts the official Nigerian statement that the patient had no previous contract with any Ebola case. Excerpt:
A consultant at the Ministry of Finance has become the first suspected case of Ebola reported in the Nigerian state of Lagos since the outbreak surfaced in Liberia this year. The Liberian was a member of a Liberian delegation attending a conference in Lagos when he reportedly began exhibiting symptoms of the deadly virus.
The man suspected of the deadly virus reportedly came in contact with the disease when caring for his sister who died as a result of the deadly virus at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia about three weeks ago. He is said to have also gone after his dead sister's husband who is said to have run away after the woman's death.
The suspected Ebola patient upon entering Nigeria was said to be suffering malaria and started throwing up. Family and friends who have spoken with the official say he sounds good. Liberian diplomatic sources in Lagos told FrontPageAfrica Thursday night that the Nigerian test was not conclusive.
Accordingly Nigerian authorities have taken specimen of the suspected Ebola patient to the WHO regional office in Dakar, but the results are yet to be released. The Liberian mission in Lagos is said to be unhappy that authorities announced the suspected case before the results were determined.
"Without waiting for the result, the result was leaked. ECOWAS is prepared to evacuate him on a medical plane, but waiting for the result. By 12 Friday, the results will be out", a Liberian diplomat in Lagos told FrontPageAfrica.
FrontPageAfrica has learned that the Liberian Mission in Lagos is contemplating filing a complaint with the Nigerian Health Ministry. Nigerian government health officials, in a briefing noted that the 40-year-old Liberian is in a private hospital in the Obalende area of the State.
The Lagos State Ministry of Health, on Thursday, said it is testing the Liberian, and confirmed he is in his 40s, for the deadly Ebola virus. The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, told a news conference the man had arrived in Lagos from Liberia on Sunday.
"The patient was admitted and detained on suspicion of possible EBV (Ebola) infection, while the blood sample collection and testing was initiated," she said in her statement.
Samples had been sent to a World Health Organisation (WHO) laboratory in Dakar, she said, adding, "results are pending." The officials also noted that the hospital housing the Liberian has been cordoned off and the victim isolated.