The Federal Government has confirmed further spread of Ebola virus in the country, saying 21 persons are being currently quarantined in Enugu State.
Information Minister Labaran Maku disclosed this to State House journalists today after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Nurse, who had previously had contact with the Liberian Ebola patient Patrick Sawyer, fled quarantine in Lagos, and returned to her home in Enugu. This risky decision, and her resulting contact with 20 other people, have put the government on high alert. Minister of Information Labaran Maku has disclosed that the nurse and the 20 people she was in contact with are currently under surveillance in Enugu.
189 people are now being monitored in Nigeria. Three have died from the disease: Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American businessman who collapsed in Lagos, an attending nurse, and an ECOWAS staffer who worked with Sawyer.