The reports that surfaced in the media recently about the possible outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Calabar, Cross Rivers state has been dismissed by the federal government.
Speaking on behalf of the government, permanent secretary of the ministry of health, Mr Linus Awute, told newsmen today, October 9 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja that the rumours were false.
According to Vanguard, Awute said the ministry monitored the situation and found out that it was a case of the death of a 21-year-old student of the University of Calabar.
He said the deceased was brought into the causality ward of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) by this family members on October 7 and was admitted at about one o’clock in the morning.
“He was admitted with bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting, skin rashes and mouth lesions. His temperature on admission was 37 degrees centigrade and vital signs were stable.
“The parents said that the patient had never travelled out of Calabar, on the basis of signs and symptoms; a tentative diagnosis of viral Hemorrhagic fever to rule out Lassa fever was made.
“Some of his family members had a history of chicken pox a week to his falling ill,’’ he said.
Awute said further stated that the deceased was treated with antipyretics and antibiotics during the course of his illness and he also received intravenous fluids.
“Sadly, at exactly 8.15 p.m., seven hours post-admission, the patient passed on,’’ he added.
He informed the journalists that following the death of the patient, 15 health workers and eight patients who had direct or indirect contact with him were quarantined, while other hospital workers were provided with thermometers to monitor their temperature twice daily.
”Tests were run on the blood sample throughout the night and this morning the result confirmed that the deceased was negative for both Ebola and Lassa fever viral diseases.
“Additional tests using next generation sequencing methods are currently being carried out at the Redeemers University African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede, Osun state.
“This is to confirm which virus must have caused the infection and death and the result is expected on Monday Oct. 12, 2015,’’ he concluded.
The report had caused serious panic among Nigerians as people still remember how the country was fighting against the deadly virus last year.