Based on multiple media reports (see here and here) the Nigerian government announced today the second death, and the treating of as many as 7 cases of Ebola in Lagos. The first fatality was the index case – the Liberian who flew into Lagos on July 20th, falling ill on the flight.
The second fatality is reportedly a Nigerian nurse who treated him.
Yesterday is was reported that the second confirmed case in Nigeria was a doctor who attended the index case (see Nigeria Ebola doctor contracts the virus), and that eight people were in `quarantine’ while another 70 were being monitored.
Today, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu is reported to have told reporters - “Nigeria has now recorded 7 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVB)” – although I’ve not seen the words `lab confirmed’ used anywhere.
So whether all of these are lab confirmed, probable, or merely suspected is still in doubt.
Of the roughly 1,600 cases reported to date in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – it is worth noting that only just over 1,000 are lab confirmed – while another 600 are considered either probable or suspected. Testing, particularly in the early stages of the disease, isn’t always reliable.