A Liberian man has been taken to hospital in Nigeria after he developed symptoms of the deadly disease Ebola, which has killed hundreds in West Africa in the biggest recorded outbreak.
Nigerian officials said on Thursday that the man was being tested in Lagos, and it was not clear if he was infected with the disease, which has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February.
If confirmed, the case would be the first on record in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous state with a population of 170 million.
The 40-year-old Monrovia man arrived in Lagos on Sunday and was taken to hospital on Tuesday suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea. Results are still pending and the patient is in isolation.
A third laboratory outside Nigeria must also test the samples before a final determination on Ebola can be reached.
The patient travelled from the Liberian of Monrovia to Lagos via Togo’s capital Lome.
The WHO has recorded more than 900 cases of Ebola in the epidemic that has raged across West Africa in recent months. Liberia has recorded 172 cases of the disease, including 105 deaths.
Mr. Patrick Sawyer, a WASH consultant at the Ministry of Finance in Liberia, who had been quarantined since falling ill after arriving in the Nigerian state of Lagos for a conference last Sunday, has died.
Sawyer’s death is the first recorded case of one of the world’s deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and most populous nation, with 170 million people and some of Africa’s least adequate health infrastructure.
Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February, straining a string of weak health systems despite international help.
The virus — which starts off with flu-like symptoms and often ends with horrific hemorrhaging — has infected about 1,048 people and killed an estimated 632 since this winter, according to the numbers on July 17 from the World Health Organization.
Ebola is both rare and very deadly. Since the first outbreak in 1976, Ebola viruses have infected thousands of people and killed about one-third of them. Symptoms can come on very quickly and kill fast