Monday, October 20, 2014

WHO Finally Declares Nigeria Free of Ebola Virus Disease

The World Health Organization today declared Nigeria Ebola-free after the disease claimed seven lifes in the West Africa country.

“The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated,” Rui Vaz, WHO’s country representative for Nigeria, told reporters today in Abuja, the capital. “This is a spectacular success story that shows the world that ebola can be contained.”
WHO Finally Declares Nigeria Free of Ebola Virus Disease
WHO Finally Declares Nigeria Free of Ebola Virus Disease.
In July, Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer brought the virus to Nigeria when he arrived on a flight at Lagos, the country’s biggest city with estimated 20 million people. According to Nigeria’s health ministry, Sawyer and six others (which includes five health workers who treated him and the protocol officer) that received him at the airport, died of Ebola.

Nigerian officials said they were expecting the declaration 42 days after the last contact was cleared in early September. They led a two-month campaign during which contact tracers made 18,500 home visits to more than 800 people who came into contact with infected persons in Lagos and the southeastern oil center of Port Harcourt. Africa’s biggest economy with more than 170 million people recorded 19 cases, with seven deaths and 12 recoveries.

According to reports, Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has infected about 9,000 people and killed up to 5,000, the WHO said on Oct. 15. 42 year old Eric Duncan traveled from Liberia, the worst-hit nation, to Dallas, infected a nurse Nina Pham and died from the virus while in isolation at a hospital. His case was the first Ebola infection confirmed in the U.S.

Tom Aba, the senior data manager at the Ebola Emergency Operation Center, said in Sept. 30 that “One of the key things that worked for Nigeria was the fact that we knew the index case and we were able to trace all the contacts back to him”.

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