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Ebola Alert: South African woman Quarantine in Lagos

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By Lawani Mikairu, Favour Nnabugwu, Gbenga Olarinoye & Daniel Eteghe

LAGOS—A South African, suspected of showing symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, as she arrived Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos yesterday, has been quarantined at the isolation ward in Lagos.

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The female passenger, Folswe Elizabeth Maria, on board Royal Air Maroc, from Morocco was on transit and was said to have taken ill at the transit area of the airport after using the toilet. The case was immediately reported to officials of the Port Health Services who used the Infra-red Thermometre to test her and discovered that she had high temperature. The passenger was later taken to an isolation centre and kept under observation by Port Health officials.

It was further gathered that the woman had worked previously in two Ebola Virus Disease-prone countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone, thus fuelling suspicion that she could have contracted the disease.

The sources said: “The passenger, who is from South Africa, came aboard Royal Air Maroc. She followed normal processes even at the Nigeria Immigration Service. She is a transit passenger and she was at the transit lounge where she went to drink and thereafter felt uneasy; went to the toilet and on coming back, she fell ill. The case was reported to the Port Health Service officials who immediately examined her.”

A statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the Minister of Health, Dan Nwomeh said: “The South African national suspected of showing symptoms of Ebola at the international airport (Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos) was quarantined at the isolation ward in Lagos while her case is being investigated”.

 

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