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Update: Port Harcourt Doctor’s Sister Has Ebola, Health Minister Says

The sister of late Ebola-infected doctor, Iyke Enemuo, who earlier fled quarantine, is said to have contracted the virus.

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An  ebola patient being treated

According to an update on the Ebola virus given yesterday, September 3, 2014 by the Ministry of Health, the sister of late Dr. Iyke Enemuo has contracted the disease.

Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu revealed this in a statement and it was also confirmed by the minister’s spokesperson, Dan Nwomeh via Twitter.

Nwomeh tweeted:

“The 18 confirmed case of Ebola in Nigeria is the sister of the late PH doctor.”

The press release read:

“Total number of deaths from Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria is now seven (7).  One (1), the index case, occurred in a private hospital in Lagos, four (4) in the Lagos isolation ward, one (1) in the Port Harcourt isolation ward (the female patient who was on admission in the same hospital where the late Port Harcourt doctor was also admitted), while another one (1) was the doctor who was infected by the ECOWAS Commission official in Port Harcourt and who did not come under the care and management of the Incident Management Committee.”

Earlier reports had it that Dr. Enemuo’s sister initially fled after her brother died of the disease in a bid to avoid being quarantined. However she returned to Port Harcourt and is now in isolation.

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