The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), has quarantined ten persons following the death of a patient in the hospital, Wednesday, from symptoms suspected to be Ebola virus.
Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Dr. Queeneth Kalu, who made the revelation, Thursday, in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, while addressing newsmen said blood samples have, however, been sent to the Ebola Diagnosing Centre in Benin, Edo State.
“On Wednesday, 7th October, 2015, we managed a patient who presented with symptoms mimicking viral haemorrhage (Ebola Virus) and have decided to take the necessary measures”.
Dr. Kalu stated that those quarantined are principally nurses who attended to the patient and those who came in contact with him before his death.
‘”The following have been informed: National Centre for Disease Control, Federal Ministry of Health, The Cross River State Government, Calabar Municipality, and the Department of State Security Services, DSS”
She said further information will be provided to the public as soon as the test results of blood samples sent for analysis in received by the hospital.
Nigeria recorded 19 cases of the deadly ebola virus with about 7 fatalities in 2014 on the initial outbreak on account of a Liberian diplomat, who had entered the country already infected with the virus.