Nigeria has now recorded the first two (2) cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in secondary contacts of the index case, the Liberian-American. The two patients are spouses of primary contacts (health care workers) of the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, according to a Federal Ministry of Health update Friday. The spouses, a man and a woman, are now being treated according to a health ministry spokesman.

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They are among the secondary contacts who have been under surveillance. This now brings to four (4) the total number of Ebola Virus Disease patients currently under treatment at the isolation ward.

The Federal Government, working with the Lagos State Government and other partners, will continue to maintain vigilance, continue to strengthen our containment activities, and wishes to reassure the Nigerian public and the global community that efforts will not relent until the very last case of the Ebola Virus Disease is seen in Nigeria.

According to the World Health Organization,  Nigeria has reported 16 cases and 5 fatalities due to EVD to date..

This brings the outbreak total to 2,615 cases and 1,427 deaths. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page