Ebola: Nigeria confirms university student quarantined

Obafemi Awolowo University

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has confirmed that a student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, has been quarantined until results of his test for the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, is out.

The minister stated this in a statement Wednesday night by his spokesperson, Dan Nwomeh.

The student, whose name the minister did not disclose, had contact with Ikechukwu Enemuo, the Port Harcourt-based doctor who died of the virus. He had contact with the deceased at a naming ceremony, the minister said.

Mr. Chukwu also provided the current situation on the virus outbreak in Nigeria.

He said the total number of confirmed cases of EVD in Nigeria is 19, out of which Lagos had 15 while Port Harcourt had four.

Nigeria has successfully recorded 12 survivors of the deadly disease that has killed seven people since its outbreak in the country in July.

With 12 survivors who have now tested negative after testing positive, and seven dead, the minister said there is currently no confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria.

Mr. Chukwu, however, said 16 contacts are still under surveillance in Lagos, a drop from 350 people who have been discharged after completing the compulsory 21 days observation, thus testing negative for the virus.

He also said 490 contacts are under surveillance in Port Harcourt, a mixed group of the tertiary and quaternary contacts of the Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer, who brought the disease into Nigeria.

Sixteen of those in Port Harcourt have, however, been discharged.

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