Nigeria to discharge patient wrongly diagnosed of Ebola

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One of the patients receiving treatment after testing positive to the deadly Ebola Virus, was wrongly diagnosed and did not have the virus, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said Monday.

Mr. Chukwu said the unnamed person is ready to be discharged from the hospital.

In a statement, Mr. Chukwu said the patient will be discharged once necessary protocols have been carried out.

He added that the number of confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria is 13 against 14 earlier announced by the Minister on Friday.

On Friday, Mr. Chukwu had announced that the spouses of two primary contacts of the Ebola index case in Nigeria had tested positive to the disease.

The minister however explained that one of the two people who were said to be positive on Friday was actually negative- a false positive, he said.

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“Total number of confirmed cases including the index case is now 13,” Mr. Chukwu said.

The disease, brought into Nigeria by a Liberian-American on July 20, has killed five people while five others have been discharged after receiving treatment.

The Ebola Virus Disease has killed over 1000 people in four West African countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

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