Nigerian health officials have confirmed the second case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in a doctor who treated Liberian national, Patrick Sawyer , according to an Associated Press report today.

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Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the unnamed Lagos physician “is one of the doctors who attended to the Liberian Ebola patient who died.”

In addition Chukwu said 70 other people believed to have come into contact with the Liberian were being monitored, with eight placed in quarantine including three who were “symptomatic.”

Upon the discovery of Mr. Sawyer’s death, the WHO deployed a team of experts to Lagos to work with the Federal and State Government teams in putting in place necessary measures to contain the outbreak.

The latest cases puts into question the infection control practices applied, sparking concerns of more possible cases.

As of 1st August 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the four countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone) stands at 1,603 including 887 deaths. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page