Just days after Liberian government official, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, traveled by air from Liberia to Lagos, Nigeria, sick with suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and eventually dying from the virus, Nigerian health authorities are attempting to track some 30,000 people potentially exposed to the lethal disease.
Professor Sunday Omilabu, from Lagos University Teaching Hospital said, “We’ve been making contacts. We now have information about the manifest. We have information about who and who were around. So, as I’m talking, our teams are in the facility, where they’ve trained the staff, and then they [are] now asking questions about those that were closely in contact with the patient”, according to a Voices of America report.
‘We’re actually looking at contacting over 30,000 people in this very scenario. Because any and everybody that has contacted this person is going to be treated as a suspect,” said Yewande Adeshina, a public health adviser.
In a related story from Liberia, two administrators at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital have contracted the Ebola virus and it appears the hospital will be closed. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page