Possible case of Ebola in Nigeria

Health authorities in Nigeria have reported a possible case of Ebola in a person who travelled while ill to Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos from Liberia. Additional tests are pending to confirm the diagnosis. Only people who had close personal contact with bodily fluids of the ill person during his travels may be at low risk of exposure. Person who were on the same flight are being contacted.

There is no treatment or vaccine for Ebola haemorrhagic fever. For tourists, visitors or residents in affected areas, the risk of infection is considered very low if elementary precautions are followed. Any person in the affected area should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals (such as washing the body), during close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or during contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons in hospital settings.

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