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Nigeria confirms doctor as 2nd Ebola case

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 4, 2014 at 7:15 a.m. Updated August 4, 2014 at 11:32 a.m.


A man selling clothes walks past people reading the comments on current events in Liberia, including the deadly Ebola virus, written by social commentator Alfred Sirleaf, on a blackboard in Monrovia, Liberia, on Saturday Aug. 2, 2014.

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigerian authorities Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people in four countries.

Meanwhile, health authorities in Liberia ordered that all those who die from Ebola be cremated after communities opposed having the bodies buried nearby. Over the weekend, military police were called in after people tried to block health authorities in the West African nation from burying 22 bodies on the outskirts of the capital.

In Nigeria, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Monday that the confirmed second case is a doctor who had helped treat Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American man who died July 25 days after arriving in Nigeria from Liberia.

Test samples are pending for three other people who also treated Sawyer and now have shown symptoms of Ebola, he said. Authorities are trying to trace and quarantine others.

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Nodmcm says... August 4, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

It looks like just one person, like Mr. Sawyer, can get on a jet airplane and fly somewhere and fall ill with Ebola and then spread the disease to his medical caretakers. Sadly, this is exactly what happened with Mr. Sawyer, who was apparently actually vomiting and suffering from Ebola-caused diarrhea on the airplane in which he was a passenger. The good news is that Ebola is not spread by inhaling the same air breathed by an infected person, only by coming into contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. So the most susceptible people are of course medical care providers of infected persons, and family members who come into close contact with infected persons. But in Africa we see that people panic in the face of such a deadly disease, and let us all hope and pray that this disease is quickly stamped out in Africa, before it goes anywhere else. Perhaps one good result of this tragedy is that now there might be more incentive for drug companies to work harder and faster to create a vaccine or cure for Ebola. I think we can all agree, it can't happen soon enough!

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