Asaba Ebola Suspect Case Is Negative

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The result of the diagnosis test ran on the woman who was suspected to have Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Asaba, Delta State last Thursday has come out negative.

This was made known in a statement by the State  Commissioner for Information, Barr. Chike Ogeah, made available to Factnewsonline. He said the patient is now receiving treatment for the other ailments she was diagnosed of at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

A similar rumour over the death of another lady at Eku Specialist Hospital, Eku has also proved negative. According to Barr. Chike Ogeah, the woman, a diabetic patient, had checked into the hospital on returning from a visit to Port Harcourt but died on Thursday, September 4, 2014, a development that aroused suspicions of Ebola disease. It eventually emerged that the woman’s condition was exacerbated by her high intake of salt when people were falsely led to believe that drinking salt solutions would stave off Ebola Virus Disease.

He assured Deltans and all residents of Delta State  that the state remains Ebola-free and that the Inter-Ministerial Ebola Virus Outbreak Preparedness and Response Committee is working round the clock to monitor and evaluate every suspected case.

Encouraging every resident to remain vigilant, the Commissioner advised against engaging in wild speculations that trigger panic among the people. "Rather than engage in uninformed speculations, anybody concerned about his or her observations should contact the committee on the dedicated lines" he said. The lines are: 08037857479, 08063927202, 07037120510 and 08037438829 while the SMS Centre is 32581.

Meanwhile, as aggressively contagious as the EVD is, it can be prevented by frequent washing of hands with soap, thorough cooking of meat, non-contact with ill and infected persons or with their corpses and avoidance of its endemic areas.


Posted on September, 8 2014

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