A second case of Ebola diagnosed in Nigeria

A physician in Lagos who provided care for the Liberian official who arrived in Lagos and promptly became ill and died from Ebola that he acquired in Liberia has also become infected with this virus. Three people of the 70 people who are being monitored as contacts of the Liberian case have developed some symptoms of the disease. Laboratory tests are pending.

It is not reported what protective gear, if any, was used by the physician who provided care for the Liberian case. Regardless, the risk for any traveller remains very low except in very special circumstances, such as providing care for a person ill with this disease and/or coming into contact with their body fluids, such as blood, sweat, vomit, or following cultural practices for preparing bodies for burial without protection.

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