After recovering from the shock of reading the Vanguard story I posted (just below this one), I ransacked the online Nigerian media, discovering that Google can even translate Kaduna's Hausa-language news site. But I've found nothing, zero, about an Ebola-positive blood sample from Kaduna.
Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, Abuja and several others have been identified as flashpoint states and cities where the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) might take serious tolls, unless animals who are known to be vectors in the spread of the disease are brought under control.
Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurencia Mallam, who made this known in Abuja yesterday, said the presence of fruit bats, which were many in the listed urban cities, posed serious threats to Federal Government’s efforts at controlling the spread.
“A very perturbing and critical area in the spread of EVD is through contact with fomites and personal articles of persons exposed to the disease. We honestly wish to encourage the disinfection of fomites and homes, where the disease has occurred.
“The control of animals implicated in the spread of this disease, especially fruit bats, which are so numerous in many parts of urban cities, such as Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, to mention but a few, is now our major concern,” the minister said.
The minister said her ministry had commenced survey of the distribution of the harmful animals in Abuja, where they had found a substantial population in Wuse area, the Three Arms Zone and some areas of Maitama and Kubwa districts.
“We have equally commenced a similar survey in other states and towns in order that we may implement a comprehensive exercise.
“We are in touch with the various states of the federation for the implementation of a massive disinfection of homes, offices, hospitals, hotels and indeed public places infested with bats, rats and other pets,” she said.I had a pet white rat when I was a boy, and one of my daughters would have been ecstatic to have a bat for a pet, but this report really seems to me like a distraction. We have no idea when the last animal-to-human Ebola case occurred, but it may well have been last December or January. Since then, it's been human-to-human-to-human.