Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring surveys a very busy day: US homecoming for Ebola-stricken workers as outbreak spreads. Click through to read the whole story. Excerpt:
In other developments, the scope of the outbreak continued to expand, with the detection of a travel-linked case in Morocco and an announcement by Nigerian health officials that a doctor who treated its first travel-linked case is now sick with the disease.
An official with Morocco's internal affairs ministry on Jul 30 said a Liberian citizen has died from EVD in Morocco, according to an Aug 1 AllAfrica report. The patient had left Liberia 2 days before he died. The report did not include any details about the man's flight or contact tracing of airline passengers, airline staff, or health workers who may have had contact with the man.
Morocco's detection of its first travel-related EVD case comes just a week after Nigeria detected its first case, in a Liberian government worker with US ties who died from EVD after he arrived in Lagos. The WHO called that Nigerian case a significant development in West Africa's EVD outbreak.
Nigeria's health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said EVD has been detected in one of the doctors who treated the country's first patient, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. He said 70 people who were contacts of the Liberian patient are being monitored, and that of eight people who are in quarantine, three show symptoms of the disease.