The Federal Government has confirmed two new cases of Ebola Virus Disease.
The two patients are spouses of the primary contacts of the index case, Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria, Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, revealed on Friday.
This brings the total number of cases to 14, with five deaths and five survivors, while four are currently being treated.
Chukwu did not disclose the sexes of the new victims, who are secondary contacts of the index case.
He simply said in the statement: “Nigeria has now recorded the first two cases of Ebola Virus Disease in secondary contacts of the index case, the Liberian-American.
“The two patients are spouses of primary contacts of the Liberian-American. They are among the secondary contacts who have been under surveillance.”
Chukwu added in the statement: “This also means that the total number of cases of Ebola Virus Disease so far reported in the country is 14.
“The number of deaths still remains five, while the number of those successfully managed and discharged also stands at five.”
He said the Federal Government was working with the Lagos State Government and other partners in maintaining vigilance and strengthening containment activities.
He assured Nigerians and the global community that Nigeria will not “relent efforts until the very last case of the Ebola Virus Disease is seen in Nigeria”.