Lagos State government, yesterday, confirmed that a Liberian suffering from suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is on admission in a private medical facility.
If confirmed, it would be the first recorded case of the dreaded disease in Nigeria.
The patient is also said to be responding to treatment, contrary to news on social media that he is dead.
The state government urged residents not panic , but take appropriate measures to prevent and control an outbreak of the disease in the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr Yewande Adeshina, who briefed the media over the development, explained that details of the suspected case were obtained from the health facility and the suspect, a 40-year-old Liberian working for a West African organisation in Monrovia, who arrived in Lagos on a flight from Monrovia via Lome on July 20, 2014 at 4p.m, had no contact with any case of EVD.
She added that based on the high index of suspicion raised, the patient was admitted and detained on suspicion for possible Ebola virus disease infection.