Ebola continues to spread in West Africa. Now Ebola has been confirmed in Lagos Nigeria the largest citiy on the continent, home to 21 million people.
Ebola Kills Liberian in Nigeria’s First Case in Megacity Lagos
By Yinka Ibukun and Elisha Bala-Gbogbo
The Ebola virus claimed its first victim in Nigeria as a Liberian man died from the hemorrhagic fever in Lagos, the country’s commercial capital and sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city.
Local laboratory results showed the victim tested positive for Ebola, Lagos state Health Commissioner Jide Idris told reporters in the city yesterday. Separate results from a World Health Organization facility in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, have yet to arrive, he said. A list is being compiled of all the people who had contact with the patient, he said.
Ebola has killed more than 660 people in four West African nations since March in the worst outbreak of the virus since it was first reported in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976. The disease may spread for another three months, according to the World Health Organization. The latest outbreak of the disease, which has no cure or treatment, has also affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.