Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu has confirmed the death of a Nigerian nurse who was one of the medical personnel who treated Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who died in Lagos after contracting Ebola in Liberia.
Five other cases are being treated in Lagos, the minister said in a statement handed to reporters in Abuja.
Nigeria may try to obtain some of the experimental Ebola therapy given to two Americans who contracted the disease in Liberia, Jide Idris, Lagos health commissioner, told reporters yesterday.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 887 people, according to the World Health Organization. Most of the cases are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, on West Africa’s Atlantic coast. Nigeria does not share a border with any of those countries.