US To Partner Nigeria On Ebola, As Virus Claims First Nigerian

As the first Nigerian citizen, a female nurse, succumbed to the scourge of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Lagos yesterday, President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice-President Joe Biden of the United States have agreed that both countries would work together urgently to curb the outbreak of the deadly virus.

The federal government has also contacted the US Centre for Disease Control (US CDC) and made a request for the experimental drug, ZMapp, that was administered to the two American aid who have shown remarkable improvement after falling gravely ill as a result of Ebola.

Speaking on the death of the nurse, the federal and Lagos State Governments in separate briefings in Abuja and Lagos yesterday said she was one of the medics who had primary contact with Sawyer.

The Lagos State Government also confirmed yesterday that the contact-tracing team had been able to identify 27 secondary contacts, adding that the close contacts of the seven persons who have been quarantined at an undisclosed ward would still continue.

The death of the Nigerian nurse coincided with another death in Jeddah, the Saudi Arabia capital, by a victim who travelled to the Middle-Eastern country from Sierra Leone.

As the virus spread beyond West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the death toll arising from Ebola had climbed to 932 from the 887 recorded on Monday, compelling the UN health agency to convene a two-day emergency meeting to determine whether to declare the epidemic an international crisis.



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