South African Woman Quarantined After Arriving Lagos With Ebola-Like Symptoms

South African Woman Quarantined After Arriving Lagos With Ebola-Like Symptoms

By Ephraim Adiele | Associate Editor on September 12, 2014
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A doctor works in a laboratory on collected samples of the Ebola virus at the Centre for Disease Control in Entebbe, Uganda, following an outbreak that killed 16 people in 2012. (Photo Credit: Reuters/Edward Echwalu)

A South African national who is suspected of showing symptoms of the ebola virus has been quarantined at an isolation ward after arriving at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on Thursday, September 11, 2014, according to a Vanguard report.

The female passenger who was identified as Folswe Elizabeth Maria who had come aboard a Royal Air Maroc from Morocco took ill at the transit area of the airport after using the toilet.

The case was promptly reported to officials of the Port Health Services who employed the use of Infra-red thermometer on her after which they discovered her temperature to be unusually high. She was later taken to the isolation center for proper observation

Further investigation showed that the woman had earlier worked in Guinea and Sierral Leone, 2 countries which have had severe outbreaks of the dreaded virus, thus fuelling suspicions that she may have contracted the disease.

A source said: “The passenger, who is from South Africa, came aboard Royal Air Maroc. She followed normal processes even at the Nigeria Immigration Service. She is a transit passenger and she was at the transit lounge where she went to drink and thereafter felt uneasy; went to the toilet and on coming back, she fell ill. The case was reported to the Port Health Service officials who immediately examined her.”

A statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the Minister of Health, Dan Nwomeh said: “The South African national suspected of showing symptoms of Ebola at the international airport (Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos) was quarantined at the isolation ward in Lagos while her case is being investigated”.

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