Monday, 11 August 2014

Fear Grips Edo Community As Man With Suspected Ebola Symptoms Dies + Abuja Airport Now Screen Passengers

There was anxiety at Udo community in Orhiomwon Local Government Council of Edo state, last Sunday following the death of a middle aged man whom some people in the community allege he died of the dreaded Ebola virus.  But others said, the deceased was an epileptic patient and had died after an attack.

However, some villagers who have been listening to radio and are aware of the symptoms of Ebola say he died of the virus because they observed blood in some parts of his body with foam in his mouth. 

Before he died, the villagers said they noticed the symptom which made them cover their hands and other parts of their body and bundled him into an empty bus and ordered the driver to take him to a hospital for treatment.

The driver however refused for fear of contacting the virus and found a way of taking him down from his vehicle.

The ministry of health was however contacted, but when they got there, the man had already died. He was later taken away so that his body could be isolated and the possible reasons for his death known.

Some of the villagers have already flee the community for fear of contacting the disease.

However an official at the ministry of health said; “Though we heard he was an epileptic patient but we just want to be sure about the cause of death. His corpse has been isolated and we can only talk more when the result of the test is out’’.

Meanwhile in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, passengers arriving both from the domestic and international wings of the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, are now being made to undergo intense screening.

A division of the Ministry of Health started the exercise at the airport last Friday with passengers arriving from the Emirates Airlines being the first to be screened. Other passengers who also arrived were all made to queue and were all tested on after the other.

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