Friday, 15 August 2014

7 Month old baby suspected to have Ebola virus in Kwara

According to Prof. Sunday Opabola, the Kwara State
Chairman of the Ebola Viral control Committee said the first
Ebola case in the state is that of a 7 month old baby who
came with his parents from Ibadan for a visit at Ilorin after
one of those taking care of him had returned to Ibadan from
Lagos.The baby has been isolated and samples taken to
Lagos for testing. Read below:
By 9 am yesterday, I was called to the ministry of health
that a proprietor of a private hospital who is a
pediatrician reported a suspected case on admission in
his hospital.
The suspected patient is a seven-month old child that came to
Ilorin with the mother and she came out with suspicion of
malaria and was admitted at Surulere clinic and they started
treating him for malaria, that is on the 10th of this month,
four days ago. After managing him for two days, there was
no improvement, he was referred to a pediatrician.
"After clinical assessment, he apparently saw some
symptoms that look like Ebola. These symptoms basically
fever, diarrhea, vomiting that were being taken care of
before in other hospitals but he now saw that this vomiting
consists of blood and that was where he made a report.
"Now if it were not in this situation we are, I am sure he
couldn't have made any report because some other diseases
could have presented these same symptoms, even malaria in
children would present something like. Other viral infections,
viral hemorrhagic diseases would present like this, Lassa
fever and so on, even cholera can present like this but
because in this situation we have been at alert and we don't
want to take chances.
Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

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