Ebola scare in Calabar, one dead


ebolaManagement of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has quarantined 15 persons of the Accident and Emergency ward following an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) scare.
The decision of the management to quarantine them was due to the death of an out-patient on Wednesday suspected to have symptoms of Ebola.
The patient, whose identity could not be ascertained, more than 24 hours after, was said to have manifested symptoms likened to that of an EVD patient before he died.
In a press statement made available to newsmen in Calabar yesterday, the UCTH authorities said the patient might have died of Haemorrhagic fever.
Chairman of the Medical Advisory Council, UCTH, Dr. Queeneth Kalu, said the blood sample of the patient had been sent for testing, while identified contacts, numbering about 15 have been quarantined.
“On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, we managed a patient who presented with symptoms mimicking viral Haemorrhagic fever. Due to the remote chance of it being contagious, we have sent the blood samples for testing and quarantined identified contacts. Further information will be made available as soon as we receive the results of the samples for analysis.
“The National Centre for Disease Control, Federal Ministry of Health, Cross River State Government and the Department of State Services had been informed of the development.”
Also speaking, Dr. Sunday Omini, the ministry’s Director Public Health, said he doubts if the symptoms are that of Ebola, adding that it could be that of Dengue fever or Lassa fever.
He added that government is handling the situation and called for calm.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has dispatched a medical team to Calabar to ascertain the suspected Ebola scare.
Director of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Prof. Abdulsalam Nasidi confirmed the development yesterday. -The Sun


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