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Friday, 25 July 2014

SIERRA LEONE ON RED ALERT FOR WOMAN WITH EBOLA


Radio stations around Freetown, Sierra Leone have launched a campaign to help hunt down a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital by her relatives. Authorities are appealing for help to find the 32-year-old who is being described as a "risk to all". She is the first Freetown resident to have tested positive for the virus. Since February, 660 people have died of Ebola in three West African states - the world deadliest outbreak to date.

LIBERIAN MAN WITH EBOLA DIES IN LAGOS

Patrick Sawyer, a WASH consultant at the Ministry of Finance, who had been quarantined since falling ill after arriving in Lagos for a conference last Sunday, has been reported dead.

Various reports claimed a Liberian government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the news of Sawyer’s death was relayed to Liberia by the Nigerian embassy, on Friday morning.

Business Day reports that Yewande Adeshina, a Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos on Thursday, told a news conference that Sawyer, 40 was being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Lagos

Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February, straining a string of weak health systems despite international help.

The virus — which starts off with flu-like symptoms and often ends with horrific hemorrhaging — has infected about 1,048 people and killed an estimated 632 since this winter, according to the numbers on July 17 from the World Health Organization.

Citizens have been urged to call the Lagos State Health officials on 08023169485, 08033086660, 08033065303, 08055281442 and 08055329229 if and when they discover anything unusual.