Suspected Ebola case reported in Kwara




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Suspected Ebola case reported in KwaraA case of Virus Disease, EVD, has been reported in Kwara, the Chairman, Viral Disease Control Committee of the state said, .

Prof. Sunday Opabola stated that the suspect is a seven-month old baby, who came his parents from Ibadan for a visit at Ilorin.

Speaking journalists in Illorin on , Opabola noted that it has not yet been confirmed that the child is infected and that there is no confirmed case of the disease in the state, as being rumoured.

He added that residents of the state not panic.

According to reports from Punch, Opabola, who is also the Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Public , clarified that the baby, who was on Wednesday to have been infected , was found some symptoms, which he said are not exclusive to Ebola disease.

According to him, the symptoms also manifest with patients of Lassa fever, cholera, malaria and some diseases.

Opabola said that the baby initially manifested symptoms of malaria, and after treating him for about days without improvement, his mother was advised to take him to a paediatric specialist in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

He added that after a clinical assessment on the patient by the medical director of the , the baby was diagnosed with Ebola-like symptoms, such as fever, diarrhoea and vomiting of contents that partly contained blood.[eap_ad_2]

According to him, the doctor consequently made a report of the baby’ case to the relevant government agency for necessary actions.

He stated that the government has temporarily closed down the where the baby was initially admitted.

Opabola, who is also a Professor of Medicine, said the state government immediately took the baby to the Specialist Hospital at Sobi in Ilorin, for proper attention. He added that samples from the patient had already being taken for tests at the University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, and another unnamed testing centre in Lagos.

He stated that results of the tests are expected to be ready on Friday (today).

The SSA disclosed that medical attending to the baby at the specialist hospital use Personal Protective Equipment, while ambulance used to take him to the hospital is to be regularly decontaminated. The ambulance, he said, has been dedicated to conveying possible Ebola patients.[eap_ad_3]