The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, has made a clarification debunking the speculated outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, (EVD) in Calabar, Cross River State in Nigeria, explaining that after tests were carried out on the supposed patient, it was discovered that the dreaded EVD was not the case.
The official, who was speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday noted that the Ebola scare at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital resulted from the death of a patient, who was said to have manifested the symptoms of the killer disease.
“He has been investigated clinically, also using laboratory tests. The young man was down with symptoms that are similar with that of Ebola. His temperature was 37 degrees. But he had not traveled outside Calabar. His family has a case of chicken pox.
Our experiences in Ebola containment were used. The blood samples that were collected before his death were taken to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State and necessary tests were conducted to ascertain if he had Lasser Fever or Ebola.
As we speak, it has nothing to do with Lasser Fever and Ebola as results confirmed that it was negative. But the results of what actually killed him would be ready on Monday.”