Lagos - Lagos State has dismissed reports the medical doctor who tested positive to the ebola virus had died.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, noted that the female medical doctor who attended to the index case of Ebola Virus Disease at a private hospital in Lagos is the only confirmed case to date out of the eight primary contacts under clinical surveillance and care.
Contrary to reports, she was alive, he noted.
"Her being infected is largely due to the fact that she was a primary contact when the index case presented. At that point in time, the disease was not known to have been imported into the country," Idris explained.
He stated that the essence of the briefing on Tuesday was to highlight the mode of transmission of ebola stressing that the disease was transmissible through direct contact with broken skin, mucous membranes and secretions of an infected persons or through direct contact with materials and surfaces that have been contaminated by an infected person.
"This is a call for vigilance as human to human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill from ebola virus through body fluids such as blood, urine, stool, saliva, breast milk and semen. Burial ceremonies where mourners including family members have direct contact with patients who died of Ebola have also played a role in the spread of the disease," Idris said.
- CAJ News