The Asian Age

Death toll mounts as Ebola spreads

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La­gos/ Mon­rovia/ Stock holm, Sept. 1: Nige­ria’s health min­is­ter will hold an emer­gency meet­ing of state health com­mis­sion­ers on Mon­day as West Africa strug­gles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid grow­ing con­cern at the toll among health­care work­ers. Nige­ria on Sun­day con­firmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doc­tor whose hus­band died from the virus, adding to a grow­ing list of those pro­vid­ing health­care in West Africa to be hit by the epi­demic.

The woman’s hus­band was also a doc­tor who died in the city of Port Har­court on Au­gust 22 after treat­ing a pa­tient who had con­tact with the Liberian man who brought the virus to Nige­ria in late July.

She was in a sta­ble con­di­tion at an iso­la­tion unit in the fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal, La­gos, said Samp­son Parker, the health com­mis­sioner of Rivers State, of which Port Har­court is the cap­i­tal. Mean­while, Liberia’s Pres­i­dent or­dered most civil ser­vants to stay home another month in an ef­fort to stop the spread of Ebola virus, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment.

Pres­i­dent Ellen John­son Sir­leaf or­dered non- es­sen­tial work­ers not to come to work and promised that all gov­ern­ment work­ers would still be paid. Liberia’s schools are al­ready closed in the ef­fort to keep large num­bers of peo­ple from gath­er­ing and po­ten­tially spread­ing the dis­ease.

Also, a man sus­pected of be­ing in­fected with Ebola tested neg­a­tive in Swe­den on Mon­day, lo­cal health of­fi­cials said.

“We an­a­lysed the tests and can say there is no sign what­so­ever that the pa­tient was suf­fer­ing from Ebola,” a state­ment said.

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