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UPDATE: Suspected Ebola Patient Dies In LUTH

A patient with symptoms of the disease died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital today

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There was panic at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi-Araba when a suspected Ebola patient died in the facility.

According to Punch, the deceased was taken to the hospital by health authorities from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja.

A doctor on duty said that the patient was exhibiting symptoms of Ebola, which include vomiting blood and stooling, before he died early today, September 2.

The source said:

 “They rushed him to the Accident and Emergency Unit, and since he was vomiting and purging and he also had high fever, we quickly took his temperature, it was very high. We were all scared to take his blood samples because we were not wearing any Protective Protective Equipment.

“We had to take him out of the emergency ward to the other spill-over ward to avoid any form of contamination. We also reported to the Lagos State Government so that they can take him to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba for proper treatment.

But he had started vomiting blood by this morning , and few hours after he died.”

 “Like I said, we could not take any blood sample when he was alive because we were not wearing PPE, and we could not manage him effectively because of the severity of the symptoms we saw and considering the fact that he was coming from the airport. He could have been coming from an Ebola-affected country.

“They will need to establish the cause of death, so as to be able to know whether to quarantine those that he had contact with from the airport to the hospital.

The victim’s body has reportedly been taken to the Mainland Hospital, Yaba for testing.

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